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December 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM
It took more than two hours for authorities to deal with a crash on the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Friday morning, aggravating thousands of bus riders and drivers entering Seattle from points south.
The collision happened at 6:29 a.m. northbound, between the stadiums and Seneca Street, fire dispatch logs say. Matt Leber, known as Velo Bus Driver, tweeted that he passed a crashed van soon after and saw the airbag deployed and the driver waiting for firefighters. Afterward, a lane was blocked and the van wasn’t towed away until around 8:45 a.m.
Police officers reported that a driver hit a viaduct guardrail and the vehicle spun to face the wrong direction, but there were no injuries, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
Spillover congestion reached Fourth Avenue South and First Avenue South back to Georgetown, also affecting traffic on Interstate 5. King County Metro Transit rerouted its buses a few minutes before 8 a.m., and the RapidRide C Line diverted to the Fourth Avenue South loop ramp, only to be stuck among solo drivers there.
This despite the fact that Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) deploys several Incident Response Team (IRT) trucks and says they can clear freeways in an average of 13 minutes.
The state IRTs can respond to callouts on Highway 99, but they “were fairly slammed” while responding to several other collisions and spinouts, said WSDOT spokesman Travis Phelps. While city police didn’t ask the state for help, he said, “We knew there was an incident on 99.”
A Seattle traffic officer called out a private tow truck and waited for it to move the wreck, following normal procedure, said Jamieson. Officers noticed fluid on the road deck, so cleanup could have made the response take longer, he said.
Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer told West Seattle Blog that buses weren’t rerouted immediately because at first they were able to squeeze past the accident scene. Traffic was further crimped by a crash on northbound I-5 at Mercer Street, he said. Marybeth Turner, Seattle Department of Transportation spokeswoman, said she herself was caught on a Route 122 bus from Burien for an hour, so had limited details.
Friday evening traffic is also likely to be a mess because of Christmas carolers singing in the street at Westlake Center and a Pearl Jam concert at Key Arena.
November 19, 2013 at 8:27 AM
By Kip Hill
The Spokesman-Review / (MCT)
A 15-year-old driver speeding faster than 100 mph before crashing into a Spokane Valley power pole Friday night was taking a couple of intoxicated friends to get tacos, according to police reports.
Investigators want blood samples from the unlicensed driver. A 14-year-old passenger in the back seat who suffered a broken foot in the crash along the 3700 block of North Harvard Road in the Otis Orchards area said he saw the speedometer top 120 mph.
A 17-year-old boy in the front seat remained in critical condition at a hospital Monday. The 15-year-old driver injured his head and went to a hospital.
The driver had texted his two passengers earlier Friday night saying he wanted to go get some fast food, according to records. The 14-year-old told investigators he and the other passenger had been drinking and smoking marijuana. They walked to the driver’s house and then headed for a nearby Taco Bell.
As they drove back, the 14-year-old asked the driver to slow down as they neared a railroad crossing, according to reports.
The driver lost control of the 1998 Toyota Camry and slammed into the power pole.
The 14-year-old passenger reported he had not seen the driver drinking or smoking that night, though they had done that together in the past. The driver’s mother refused to let sheriff’s deputies question him at the hospital.
No charges have been filed in the case, which remains under investigation.
October 23, 2013 at 7:41 AM
UPDATE 8:36 a.m | All lanes of Highway 99 at South Lander Street reopened by about 8:30 this morning after a rollover crash shut down the roadway two hours earlier.
A Seattle Fire Department spokesman said two people were injured in the crash and one was hospitalized.
Coming from the south? Expect major traffic slowdowns getting into Seattle this morning after a rollover crash on northbound Highway 99.
The 6:30 a.m. crash at South Lander Street has blocked all of the lanes on 99 and some of the southbound lanes are also impacted, according to police. There’s a report of an injury, but no details have been released.
“Northbound is pretty much a parking lot,” said Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
King County Metro has rerouted buses, according to Twitter.
October 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM
A 24-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash when he hit an SUV and was thrown from his bike in Sodo Tuesday afternoon, according to a police report.
The man was speeding and passing vehicles using the bicycle lane on southbound East Marginal Way South when he hit a green Isuzu Trooper SUV turning westbound onto South Spokane Street in front of him, the report said.
Seattle police and firefighters responded around 1 p.m., and medics pronounced the man dead at the scene. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the exact cause of death.
October 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM
A 17-year-old involved in a collision with a deputy’s patrol car early Sunday in Kent has died of his injuries, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Cindi West says the teen died Sunday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She says two other teens in his car were treated at a hospital and released. The deputy suffered a sprained wrist.
The cars collided at an intersection and the crash remains under investigation.
West says the deputy had a green light. One of the surviving passengers in the other car said they had been racing.
October 19, 2013 at 11:24 PM
The driver of a Mercedes sedan was killed, and a pregnant passenger hurt, in a head-on crash Saturday, as the driver tried to pass another vehicle on Highway 2.
The crash happened just east of Index, on the way to Stevens Pass. The car was in a no-passing zone and traveling erratically just before the wreck, said Trooper Mark Francis of the Washington State Patrol. It ran head-on into a large pickup that was going west. The pregnant woman and the pickup driver were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett – Colby Campus, and two pickup passengers were transferred from a Monroe hospital to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, troopers said.
October 18, 2013 at 7:15 AM
SEDRO-WOOLLEY (AP) — A Skagit County sheriff’s officer says a helicopter made a “hard landing” Thursday night in a field north of Sedro-Woolley, but the man and woman aboard suffered only bruises.
KOMO-TV reports that sheriff’s officers and Skagit County firefighters responded.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Annette Lindquist says the pilot and passenger refused medical attention.
October 10, 2013 at 7:43 PM
A man was killed when he was hit by an Amtrak train near the intersection of Fourth Avenue South and South Lander Street, near the King Street station in Seattle Thursday night, according to Seattle police.
The line was shut down, and Seattle police, BNSF and Amtrak officials were investigating. The line is expected to be shut down until 9 p.m., a BNSF spokesman said.
October 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM
A 29-year-old motorcyclist was killed in Bellevue tonight when he was hit by a car whose driver is suspected of drunken driving, Bellevue police said.
Bystanders attempted to resuscitate the motorcyclist at the scene before medics took him to Overlake Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Bellevue police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate said.
The crash happened around 6 p.m. at the intersection of Northeast 10th Street and 102nd Avenue Northeast, about two blocks north of Bellevue Square, Iafrate said.
The driver of the car, a two-door sedan, has been arrested in suspicion of DUI, and the investigation is ongoing, she said.
The intersection was expected to be closed for several hours as police continued their investigation.
September 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM
The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
A trooper’s radar clocked a motorcycle going 130 miles per hour before the cycle crashed just before 2 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 205 in southeast Portland.
Oregon State Police said the motorcycle rider, 52-year-old Toby Olsen, was racing a 2004 Honda motorcycle northbound on I-205 and pulled up alongside a trooper at approximately Powell Boulevard.
Olsen then accelerated rapidly away from the trooper, who locked in a radar speed of more than 130 miles per hour. The trooper did not pursue the motorcycle rider, but watched and broadcast information when he saw the motorcycle crash under the Stark Street overpass.
The motorcycle rider rear-ended a Lexus SUV driven by a 78-year-old Amelia Alvarez. Although the Lexus sustained significant damage from the collision, Alvarez was uninjured.
Olsen was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and was reported in critical condition at mid-morning, troopers said.
KOIN-TV reports the man’s blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit. Troopers confirmed alcohol was a factor in the incident, along with speeding.
All northbound lanes of the freeway were closed during the investigation. The freeway reopened about 4 a.m.
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