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February 15, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Update: Ramps reopen after 9-car pileup at Northgate

Seattle police chased a driver in a blue Dodge pickup that ended up crashing into eight other cars near Northgate Mall. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE: The on- and offramps between Northgate and Interstate 5 have reopened.

 

 

Seattle policesay a pickup hit several cars Wednesday afternoon near Northgate Mall, causing multiple injuries. All told, nine vehicles were involved.

A 21-year-old woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

In addition, a 19-year-old woman, a 24-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man were taken to Harborview with serious injuries, Moore said. Two others have minor injuries, he said.

The pileup happened just before 4 p.m., when Seattle police officers saw a blue Dodge pickup at Northeast 92nd Street and First Avenue Northeast moving erratically, and followed it, according to an entry in the Seattle Police Department’s online blog, written by Detective Jeff Kappel.

“Officers noticed she had no front tires on the truck and turned around to initiate a traffic stop on the suspect. Officers began following the suspect northbound on First Avenue Northeast and initiated their emergency lights,” Kappel says.

The pickup driver seemed to be slowing to a stop when she suddenly accelerated and hit several cars, Kappel says. The pickup driver was among those taken to Harborview, he says.

More than a dozen fire-department personnel and vehicles rushed to the scene, on First Avenue Northeast between Interstate 5 and Northgate Mall, the Fire Department’s Moore said.

The northbound exit from Interstate-5 to Northgate is closed, as well as the ramp onto northbound I-5.  In addition, First Avenue Northeast is closed between 105th and 107th streets.

The driver of a another pickup that was totaled in the pileup, who identified himself as Abdul, said he was just leaving Northgate mall and turning right onto First Avenue Northeast when the blue Dodge pickup slammed into him.

“I can’t believe I survived,” he said.

It was Abdul’s second vehicle calamity this week. The pickup that was clobbered today was a rental because on Monday when driving on Holman Road, his own car was T-boned, he said.

Another driver, Evvian Hanson, said she was taking her son to work at the mall in a Dodge Caravan when she was hit by the blue pickup. She never saw it coming because it was going so fast, she said.

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