Fatality motorcycle crash closes lanes of NB I-5 in Seattle

SEATTLE -- A fatality crash involving a stolen motorcycle closed multiple lanes of northbound Interstate 5 just north of downtown Seattle Tuesday morning, causing traffic backups that lasted well into the commute.

Around 5:30 a.m., Washington State Patrol Troopers were called to the scene of a crash on NB I-5 at Mercer Street. At least one motorcyclist was involved in the crash, and troopers pronounced the rider dead at the scene.

Early reports allege the motorcycle hit a guard rail and was traveling at excessive speeds before the wreck. The bike involved in the crash was stolen back in June, WSP troopers said.

Nearly an hour after the crash was reported, only the shoulder of NB I-5 was open. At 6:35 a.m., the traffic backup was about three miles and growing. By 8:15 a.m., the backup was six miles. At 8:58 a.m., all lanes of traffic reopened, but a backup remained.

Seattle Schools said buses impacted by the major crash were running 30 to 60 minutes late, and parents should be prepared for longer wait times.

Troopers searched for a second motorcyclist that may have traveled with the other rider. According to the Washington State Patrol, the second rider stopped at the crash for a short time before taking off.

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