Location: SR 99
Outcome: One injured, Traffic Seriously Affected
Yesterday morning all lanes of northbound State Route 99 heading into the city were closed for roughly two hours Wednesday morning after a driver went through a construction zone and slammed into a Jersey barrier.According to Police, the construction zone was clearly marked and members of the construction crew even tried to wave the driver off, but the man chose to disregard their warnings causing the to minivan flip after crashing in the northbound lanes near the West Seattle Bridge about 4:40 a.m.
Firefighters spent about 30 minutes cutting the man from the wrecked vehicle. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for head injuries.
Due to the severity of the crash, police were forced to close the northbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Traffic heading into the city from the south and from West Seattle was severely snarled as the ramp from the bridge to northbound 99 was also closed.
Fortunately, one northbound lane was re-opened just after 7 a.m., and all lanes were able to re-open about an hour later at about 8 a.m.
Construction Zone Statistics
In latest statistical study by Work Zone Safety from 2008, there were 3 construction zone deaths in the Washington State, and 720 deaths nationally.
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