November 15th, 2016 by Doree
Update: All lanes have reopened and Metro Route 45 is operating on NW 85th Street as usual.
Earlier: According to KOMO, a Prius crashed into a building on NW 85th Street at 6th Avenue NW this afternoon.
According to Seattle Fire Department’s Real Time 911, the call for a “Heavy Rescue” came in at 3:50 p.m.
KIRO Tweeted that the driver is 70 years old.
Seattle Department of Transportation Tweeted that all eastbound and westbound lanes of NW 85th Street are blocked between 3rd and 8th avenues NW.
Seattle Police Tweeted that the driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Metro is asking bus riders of Route 45 to use stops just east of 3rd Avenue NW of west of 8th Avenue NW until the road reopens.
We will update this post when we know more.
Tags: accident, car crash, crash
May 31st, 2016 by Doree
From the SPD Blotter:
Seattle Police Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are investigating a fatal collision that killed one man early Sunday morning in Ballard.
Shortly before 2:00 AM, officers responded to a report of a two car, head-on collision near NW 55th Street and NW Market Street. The first vehicle was occupied by a driver and passenger, while the second vehicle was occupied by a lone driver.
The passenger in the first vehicle, a 34-year-old man, sustained critical injuries during the crash and was transported to Harborview, where he later died from his injuries.
Police evaluated the 22-year-old male driver of the first vehicle, and found signs of impairment. He was arrested and taken to Harborview for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He will booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide upon his release from the hospital.
The driver in the second vehicle was not seriously injured in the crash.
TCIS detectives responded to the scene and are investigating.
Tags: car crash, crash, crime
September 24th, 2015 by Doree
Update: Reroute updates from Metro Transit:
Transit service continues to be rerouted off of Aurora Av Bridge in both directions, due to a blockage.
Route 5 – Use stops on Fremont Av N north of N 39th St or Aurora Av N south of Mercer St or along Dexter Av N between Fremont Bridge and Mercer St.
Route 16 – Use stops on Stone Way N north of N 35th St or on 3rd Av south of Bell St or along Dexter Av N between Fremont Bridge and Aloha St.
RapidRide E Line – Use stops on 3rd Av south of Battery St or along its reroute on Dexter Av N between Aloha St and Fremont Bridge or on Stone Way N between N 35th St and N 50th St or on Aurora Av N north of N 75th St.
Expect significant delays in transit service in all areas north of downtown Seattle and west of I-5.
Update: KING 5 is reporting that four people were killed and another 12 are critically injured. Another 20 people had non life-threatening injuries. KING says a pickup truck and an SUV also were involved in the collision with the bus and Ducks vehicle. The Seattle Times has photos of the scene, including a huge gash in the side of the bus, and dozens of people being evaluated by medics. According to the Times, the bus was carrying 45 students and staff from North Seattle College’s international program.
Earlier: The Aurora Avenue Bridge is closed in both directions right now after a charter bus and a Ride the Ducks vehicle collided.
According to KING 5, there are multiple injuries. The crash happened at 11:15 a.m. The bridge is expected to be closed for several hours
Metro Transit says transit service is being rerouted onto the Fremont Bridge and Dexter Avenue North, then to regular routes. Bus riders should use the stops on Aurora Avenue North north of North 46th Street, on 3rd Avenue south of Bell Street, or along Dexter Avenue North
Tags: Aurora Avenue, Aurora Bridge, crash, Metro, Ride the Ducks, traffic
June 30th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Police say a motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday morning when he collided with a pickup truck. From the SPD Blotter:
At approximately 7:31 a.m. an officer on patrol in a fully-marked police car observed a motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed turn onto northbound Greenwood Avenue North from Holman Road Northwest. The officer engaged his emergency lights and siren while attempting to catch up to the motorcyclist, who was several blocks ahead of the officer. The motorcyclist failed to stop.
The motorcyclist turned onto eastbound North 125th Street and the officer lost sight of the him. The officer regained sight of the motorcyclist in the area of the 12200 block of southbound Phinney Avenue North. When the motorcyclist turned onto westbound North 122nd Street the officer again lost sight of the him. The motorcyclist appears to have attempted to turn onto southbound Greenwood Avenue North from North 122nd Street when he collided with a pickup truck that was traveling northbound on Greenwood Avenue North.
Traffic control devices for the intersection at North 122nd Street and Greenwood Avenue North consist of stop signs facing traffic on North 122nd Street; there are no traffic control devices for traffic on Greenwood Avenue North.
Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 20′s, to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The adult male driver and adult male passenger of the pickup truck were not injured and declined medical attention.
There were no citations issued at the scene, which is standard procedure in traffic collisions requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.
Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.
Metro Route 5 is rerouted off Greenwood Avenue between North 105 and North 125 streets until further notice. Metro supervisor vans will be shuttling customers in and out of the rerouted area.
Update 3:20 p.m.: Metro Route 5 has resumed its regular route on Greenwood Avenue now that the scene has been cleared.
Tags: accident, crash, Greenwood Avenue, motorcyle, SPD Blotter
October 21st, 2010 by Dale
That helicopter over east Phinney and west Green Lake at 5:30 p.m. was a news chopper capturing the scene of a rollover accident on Woodland Place, just south of North 65th Street.
The car came off southbound Aurora Avenue and flipped three times after hitting the embankment, said Otis Hopkins, who was standing at a nearby bus stop when the accident happened.
“I heard this screech and I saw this car coming off the embankment,” he said. The car rolled, then hit a tree. “It went head over heels.”
Hopkins rushed over to see the passenger hanging upside-down and having a seizure. He and the driver got the man out. The passenger was biting down on his tongue, so Hopkins pushed down on the man’s chin, opening his airway. The man made a sharp inhalation and soon regained consciousness.
Paramedics arrived a short time later and traffic was rerouted around the scene. Both men were taken to area hospitals. The car can be seen in the background, along with Hopkins, who is holding his bike.
Based on tire tracks in the grass and the demolished Blue Star Memorial Highway sign (which had recently been restored), it appears the car came off southbound Aurora Avenue.
Officers at the scene would not speculate on the cause of the accident.
Tags: accident, crash