Major crash causes miles-long backup on I-5 North at JBLM

LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- A major crash blocked northbound lanes of I-5 near the main gate of Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Monday.

It happened at about 3:45 a.m. Monday at MP 122 (Berkeley Street), just north of the main gate at JBLM, when deputies in Thurston County were pursuing a suspect.

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Officials say the suspect crashed into a semi-truck on the side of I-5. The suspect and their passenger were injured. There were no other injuries reported.

Throughout the day on Monday, traffic backed up more than 10 miles while crews worked to clear damage from the wreck.

The disabled semi had a small fire before the crash. It was delivering a load for Cheesecake Factory.


Clover Park School District is started school two hours late and canceled preschool because of the crash.

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