Car plunges off overpass onto I-5 in Tacoma

Traffic is backed up for 12 miles behind a fatality wreck on Interstate 5 southbound through Tacoma.

The wreck occurred about 4 p.m. at the L Street overpass, near the Tacoma Dome. Tacoma firefighters said a vehicle plunged off the L Street overpass onto the lanes below.

Tacoma police said the driver died. No other vehicles were involved.

All but one southbound lane was blocked, and a northbound lane also was blocked by the wreck.

The Washington State Patrol and state Department of Transportation recommended alternate routes through Tacoma, where surface streets already are jammed.