Updated on: 1/15/2020
Black ice on 520 Monday night lead to a collision involving 30 vehicles, including a bus that shut down the bridge for westbound drivers until 10 p.m.
Bridges like 520 can freeze much faster than standard roadways meaning drivers who had not encountered any ice on the roadway before reaching the bridge could be caught off guard when the encounter it as they cross.
Tweets from reporters who crossed the bridge around the time of the accident indicate that even drivers who made it across unscathed encountered the ice and struggled to remain in control of their vehicles.
This was crazy!— Marc LeCuyer (@MlecuyerQ13FOX) January 14, 2020
After being in the snow all day it comes down to black ice on the 520 bridge.
Can’t believe we didn’t get hit or hit someone.
Whew! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 https://t.co/amA9RJ1B9z
This closure is just one of many across the Seattle area as snow blanketed the region over the weekend and more is expected throughout the week.
The accident is being described as a chain reaction stemming from the dangerous conditions with black ice on the road and drivers traveling too fast for conditions.
Black ice is notorious for causing serious accidents due to how difficult it is to see ahead of time, most drivers don't realize they're on it, until they are already slipping.
Thankfully, no serious injuries have been reported as a result of the 30 car pile up on the bridge at this time.
Road Safety For Winter Driving
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) keeps track of road conditions state wide and offers resources on their website for drivers to plan ahead and check roads before heading out and encourages drivers across the region to slow down and leave ample stopping distance between cars.
While the Seattle area is only hit with storms like we've seen this past week once every year or two in other parts of the state several inches of snow a year is to be expected. Local drivers lack of familiarity with driving in the snowy conditions can contribute to unsafe driving, under prepared or equipped vehicles, and increased accidents and road closures like this one.
Davis Law Group offers a free guide to safe winter driving for Washington drivers, in addition to other FAQ's and articles to help prepare the community for the roads ahead, but if you or a loved one are injured in an accident due to ice or snow, the personal injury attorneys at Davis Law Group are here to help.
Davis Law Group offers our Washington Accident Books and case evaluations free of charge for accident victims and their loved ones, to request a free case evaluation, call 206-727-4000 or use the contact or chat options on this page today.