Lanes reopen after crash blocks both directions of I-5 near JBLM main gate
A crash blocked all lanes in both directions of Interstate 5 near the main gate of Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday afternoon, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced.
WSDOT tweeted about the incident just before 3:15 p.m.
Just after 4:45 p.m., Washington State Patrol Trooper Robert Reyer announced that all southbound lanes had reopened and one northbound lane was reopened. At 7:47 p.m., WSDOT tweeted that a second northbound lane had reopened.
All northbound lanes were back open by 10:15 p.m.
According to Reyer, the crash involved a semi-truck and a car going the wrong way on northbound I-5. The wrong-way driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
No serious injuries were reported.
⚠️ I-5 near JBLM main gate. There are 3 southbound lanes now open. Northbound lanes remain blocked due to an earlier collision. Backups of 6 miles in each direction. Side streets are backed up in the area as well. Pack your patience folks. This will take a while to clear. pic.twitter.com/wmCdKEIMf2
— WSDOT Tacoma (@wsdot_tacoma) March 8, 2023
👉 All southbound lanes are back open
👉 1 northbound lane is open for now pic.twitter.com/eTNSNgpij5
— Trooper Robert Reyer (@wspd1pio) March 8, 2023