SEATTLE - A fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 5 snarled the morning commute through downtown Seattle for hours on Thursday, causing an epic backup that snaked for seven miles at one point.
The crash happened near Mercer Street in the northbound lanes just before 5:30 a.m., according to the State Patrol.
A 52-year-old motorcycle rider was speeding when he veered from the left lane and struck a barrier, said Trooper Rick Johnson. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three northbound lanes of the freeway were initially blocked for the crash investigation just as the morning commute was getting under way.
By 8 a.m., the backup stretched for seven miles. All lanes were reopened at around 8:15 a.m., but the backup lingered for some time afterward.