An eight-car collision Tuesday afternoon on state Route 167 in Kent has backed up southbound traffic for six miles, according to the Washington State Patrol and the Washington state Department of Transportation.
The collision happened about 2:30 p.m. on SR 167 just south of state Route 516 and closed the two main lanes of traffic, as well as part of the high-occupancy vehicle lane.
There were only minor injuries in the crash, State Patrol spokesman Rick Johnson said.
“I don’t know exactly what happened, but it was a mess there,” Johnson said.
By 3:30 p.m., the HOV lane and the left lane were both open to traffic, but the mileslong backup remained. Travel times from Renton to Auburn were estimated at 65 minutes, WSDOT tweeted. The right lane opened at 4 p.m.
“I know it’s causing a horrific backup,” Johnson said. “We had a couple cars that weren’t movable.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.