Crash News Report 5-6-16

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Garbage truck hits Alaskan Way Viaduct

The viaduct closure had a rocky start when a garbage truck got stuck underneath the structure shortly after commuters were told to find alternate routes on Friday morning. Officials worried that the truck, which had ruptured its natural gas tank in the collision, might catch fire if emergency responders attempted to move it. They were eventually able to remove it safely.

Two injured in crash near Safeco Field

Two people were injured in a crash early last Friday morning when the driver lost control of the SUV they were riding in. The vehicle struck a curb and rolled over, landing on its rood. The driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. One passenger was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. A second passenger was unhurt.

Three injured in crash with semi truck

Three people were injured when their car slammed into a semi truck that was turning left on Friday night. The crash happened near Othello. The car was attempting to pass the semi truck when the truck slowed to make a turn.

One dead, four injured near McCleary

A two car crash on Sunday night left one person dead and four injured. The wreck happened when a car turning left at State Route 8 and State Route 108 was struck by a second vehicle. The Washington State Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident.

Two car collision on I-82

A Yakima woman was seriously injured in a crash on Sunday morning. She was the passenger in pickup truck that struck the read end of a Jeep, crossed the westbound lanes, and struck a fence. She was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

Young woman dies in DUI-related crash

An 18-year-old woman was killed in a crash on Monday morning when the vehicle she was riding in ran a stop sign and was T-boned by an oncoming truck. Police believe that the driver of the first vehicle had been driving recklessly in a parking lot before the crash, and that potential drugs and paraphernalia were found in the wrecked vehicle. The driver of the truck that T-boned the vehicle was also injured and transported to a local hospital.

Crash between car and semi truck closes highway

I-90 eastbound in Spokane Valley was closed by multiple crashes on Tuesday. One crash involved a semi truck rear ending a car. The Washington State Patrol told reporters that one person was injured in the collision and was transported to a local hospital.

Quick-thinking driver saves children from school bus fire

A school bus carrying eight special needs students in the Puyallup area caught fire on Monday morning. None were injured thanks to the work of the bus driver, who smelled smoke and immediately evacuated the students. Ron Kitts was recognized by the school district for preventing a potential catastrophe.

Deadly crash on I-90

A Yakima woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after a crash near Cle Elum on Tuesday morning. She was driving a 2000 green Volkswagen Beatle when she lost control of her vehicle on a curve. The car struck a light pole and turned on its side before coming to a stop. A 13-year-old was also in her car at the time of the crash and was transported to Kittitas Valley Heathcare with injuries. The driver died of her injuries several days later.

Metro bus sends man to hospital in Kent

A man was seriously injured after he fell under the what wheel of a bus on Tuesday afternoon. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Police told reporters that the man is a transient from Florida and did not release details on how he fell beneath the wheel.

Motorcycle accident on Capitol Hill

A motorcycle rider was injured in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood on Tuesday when he slammed into a delivery truck parked in front of City Market. The rider was alert and conscious after the crash but was transported to a hospital with injuries.

Crash snarls commutes during viaduct closure

A rollover crash on I-5 caused long delays on Tuesday morning. The crash happened two miles south of the West Seattle Bridge, a crucial chokepoint for commuters who usually take the Alaskan Way Viaduct to get downtown. Firefighters cut the roof off of the damaged car to free two people inside, but reported that neither was seriously injured.

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