i5 Suicide – Deputies were investigating a deadly occurrence when they halted the northbound lanes of I-5 in Shoreline near 185th Street. On Thursday afternoon, December 21, 2023, the King County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting that a woman in her late 50s had either fallen or leaped off the overpass onto northbound I-5. According to a spokeswoman, KCSO Major Accident Reconstruction Detectives are on their way to investigate the event.
According to authorities, the woman was declared dead at the scene. The responding officials did not immediately confirm the woman’s identification.
Interstate 5 is a major north–south route of the Interstate Highway System in the United States, stretching from the Mexican border at the San Ysidro crossing to the Canadian border near Blaine, Washington. The segment of I-5 in California runs 796.77 miles (1,282.28 km) across the length of the state from San Ysidro to the Oregon state line south of the Medford-Ashland metropolitan area. It is the longest interstate in California, and accounts for more than half of I-5’s total length.
It is the more important and most-used of the two major north–south routes on the Pacific Coast, the other being U.S. Route 101 (US 101), which is primarily coastal. I-5 links the major California cities of San Diego, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Stockton, Sacramento, and Redding. The San Francisco Bay Area is about 80 miles (130 km) west of the highway.
I-5 is known colloquially as “the 5” to Southern California residents and “I-5” to Northern California residents due to varieties in California English. I-5 also has several named portions: the John J. Montgomery Freeway, San Diego Freeway, Santa Ana Freeway, Golden State Freeway, and West Side Freeway.