Crash News Report 9-30-16

van crash into building

An image from the scene after a van crashed into a fourplex. Image source: KIRO7 News

 

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

 

Pedestrian dies in Capitol Hill

A man who was walking his dog in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. He was walking across Belmont Ave E near Bellevue Place E when the accident occurred; he sustained severe head injuries and died later that evening in the hospital. The driver showed no signs of impairment according to police, and has been released pending further investigation. Neighborhood safety advocates have pointed out that the street where the pedestrian sees a high among of pedestrian traffic, but lacks a marked crosswalk. Motorists often go too fast on the steep stretch of road.

 

Monday, September 26th, 2016

 

Pedestrian killed by car in Mill Creek

A young man was struck and killed by a car while walking near the Bothell-Everett Highway in Mill Creek. The 45-year-old woman who struck him stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. According to safety advocates, the area where the pedestrian was killed is missing much-needed safety features; a similar accident less than a year prior took the life of another young man only blocks away.

 

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

 

One hurt in crash on floating bridge

A driver was injured after getting into a crash at the midspan of the I-90 floating bridge on Tuesday morning. The incident began when a tour bus broke down in the express lanes, blocking one lane of traffic. A worker from the Washington State Department of Transportation arrived at the scene to help passengers off the bus when a van driver rear-ended the WSDOT vehicle. The driver of the van was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt, and police believe the driver was impaired. No other injuries were reported.

 

One killed in collision between train and truck

One person died and another suffered injuries when a farm truck was struck by a train in Stanwood. The injured man was transported to Harborview Medical Center with unspecified injuries. According to investigators, the truck was attempting to cross the train tracks when the collision occurred.

 

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

 

Minivan slams into Seattle homes

Late at night, a minivan slammed through a fence and crashed into a fourplex on 23rd and Jefferson Street. Police are searching for two men that were seen fleeing the scene after the crash. Investigators believe that the driver lost control of the van; they have not yet stated whether they believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

 

One injured after medical event

A man from Kennewick who suffered a medical event lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 182. The car came to rest in the middle lane; the driver suffered injuries and was taken to a local hospital, where he was reportedly in satisfactory condition.

 

Crash stalls traffic under Convention Center

A crash on northbound I-5 stalled traffic during the Wednesday morning commute in Seattle. The collision, which involved a motorcycle, happened underneath the Washington State Convention Center. Commute times from Tukwila and Seattle reached an estimated one hour, and drivers were directed to use alternate routes.

 

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

 

One dead after Whidbey Island crash

A young man from Oak Harbor died in a two-car collision on Thursday evening. The incident began when a red 1994 Acura Integra tried to pass a green 1997 Toyota 4-Runner while travelling southbound on State Route 525. The Acura ran into the Toyota, causing both vehicles to end up in a ditch on the side of the road. The driver of the Acura was ejected from his vehicle and died. The driver of the Toyota did not report any injuries as the result of the accident.

 

Two hospitalized after pickup truck crash

Two men were airlifted to the hospital after their pickup truck rolled over an embankment. The force of the crash was so great that it split the truck in half. Emergency responders extricated the two men, both in their twenties, from the truck; both were suspected to have internal injuries. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Police have not yet stated whether they believe that drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

 

Friday, September 30, 2016

 

Plane crashes near San Juan Islands

A float plane operated by Kenmore Air crashed into the water on Friday morning. The crew of the vessel Northern Rose responded to a mayday call from the plane and rescued one woman and three men from the water. The plane sank into the water. The four crash victims suffered from minor injuries and hypothermia and received treatment at Friday Harbor. Coast Guard vessels will investigate the scene of the crash and search for debris and pollution in the water. Kenmore Air has stated that they did receive an emergency signal from the plane before it crashed. The investigation into the circumstances of the accident is ongoing.

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