Southbound lanes of I-5 were completely blocked Wednesday morning following a semi-truck crashing and bursting into flames beneath the Convention Center below Capitol Hill.
Cars were being diverted off the highway during the emergency response first reported at 4:30 AM and the subsequent removal of the vehicle and investigation at the scene. Meanwhile, multiple crashes have been reported in the long back-up that approaches the scene as television news helicopters hover above.
We have no details of any injuries in the crash at this time.
Authorities are advising southbound I-5 commuters to use 99 through the city if possible.
You can view area streets on the CHS Capitol Hill Traffic Cameras page.