Update: 3 to hospital after rollover crash on Myers/Olson hill

December 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 23 Comments

(Photos by Christopher Boffoli for WSB – 1st one substituted for original phone photo)
8:14 PM: If you’re heading toward Highway 509 southbound to Burien, or the 1st Avenue South Bridge, heads-up – there’s a “heavy rescue” response at Olson/Myers (map), which is just past the east end of Roxbury.

8:39 PM: Just added our first photo from Christopher Boffoli on the scene – showing the rescue response on the downhill (northeastbound) side.

8:46 PM: Christopher reports that the State Patrol responded as did Seattle Fire: “Single-car rollover. Looks like a second vehicle got clipped. Three victims transported with non-life-threatening injuries including an infant.”

9:03 PM: WSP confirms minor injuries and says the road should reopen within half an hour or so.

23 Comments

  1. Any idea what is happening? We heard what sounded like fireworks (we are near WS bridge) but then sirens. I was hoping it was just fireworks.

    Comment by Stephanie — 8:21 pm December 22, 2013 #

  2. Prayers – the medic response is significant. I believe there was a heavy rescue in this exact spot not long ago – from street racing? Please correct me if I have the location wrong.

    Comment by Gabby — 8:23 pm December 22, 2013 #

  3. Stephanie – There were definitely aerial fireworks from that area. Saw them going off from where we are in N. Delridge for a couple minutes

    Comment by Annie — 8:26 pm December 22, 2013 #

  4. Wow, haven’t heard anything at all and that’s just down the road from me. Hope everyone’s ok.

    Comment by Helga — 8:27 pm December 22, 2013 #

  5. Indeed, there were some fireworks up on pigeon point just 10-15 minutes ago. We saw them from down by Delridge Comm Center.

    Comment by Jay — 8:28 pm December 22, 2013 #

  6. OK thanks, that is some comfort – that would have been an awful lot of gunfire.

    Comment by Stephanie — 8:38 pm December 22, 2013 #

  7. I drove past it on the way home and there was a car flipped over. It looked like they were trying to pull the driver out while trying to protect his neck.

    Comment by Katherine — 8:50 pm December 22, 2013 #

  8. People have been driving extra ridiculously tonight. Drive safe everyone

    Comment by Ms. — 10:12 pm December 22, 2013 #

  9. I was the car being clipped tonight.

    Reference this map for an explanation:

    https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/q71/s720x720/1512604_10202845167396657_1993528558_n.jpg

    Toyota Sienna is the red dots. Red X’s is after the Sienna hit the guardrail and flipped and was rolling over in continuous revolutions. My car at the time of being hit by the Sienna is the blue dot.

    I was headed towards the freeway onramp when I saw in the rear view mirror a car try and negotiate the turn at a high rate of speed. I said to myself “No way that car is making it” because the roads are wet and slick tonight, and sure enough, she hits the guard rail at a 35-45 degree angle and flips the car.

    The car flips multiple times, and is hurtling at me doing multiple revolutions. Being just ahead, I was lined up to be smashed as this car kept rolling over and over. I did a hard left hand turn at a 90 degree angle to try and get out of the way, but the car hit me and blew out my Kia’s back end. Probably not totaled, but serious damage for certain.

    The car then proceeds forward even farther down the road hurtling over and over before finally stopping right before the freeway onramp. I get out and immediately flag other drivers to stop, and then ask one to call 911 as I run to the overturned Sienna.

    I ask if everyone’s okay, and only a mumble or two from the driver’s side door. I can’t get the doors open – I try all 4. I then open the rear hatch and get a 2 year old baby out of the back who is crawling towards me. The baby doesn’t seem injured, but is in a state of shock because it wasn’t crying or focusing on anything. I give the baby to the crowd and then the crowd gets a woman and a man out, encouraging them to crawl through the upside down rear hatch. The woman says she’s pregnant and in a lot of pain, especially in her stomach, and the man is bleeding profusely from his head. They both are lying down in the middle of the street, while a huge crowd is built around them talking to them.

    At this point, I go back to my car and the adrenaline is sky high. The cops, EMT’s, and firefighters come and get the family transported to the hospital. As the adrenaline wears off, I’m realizing I’m sore as shit in my lower back, my lower neck, pain in my left wrist, and I’m hobbling a bit on my right foot. I’m pretty sure I sprained it when I floored it to try and get out of the woman’s way when turning the left and then being hit with my leg in that position.

    I give all my injury details to the cop, decline medical treatment, and watch the family get taken away in three separate ambulances. After about an hour, the cop comes and gives me all my information back, lets me know she’s going to be cited, multiple independent witnesses backed up what I had said, no question I’m not at fault. The car sounds like it’s rubbing when I drove it home, the back is smashed in, but, I did get to drive it home at least. I may have it towed tomorrow to the shop, and I’ll need to get a rental for sure.

    So, I’m sitting here at home with a pounding headache, sore wrist, sore back, sore neck, sprained foot, and nauseous from the headache. E.R. is an exercise in futility, since – having gone through this 3 times before in the past ~ year – I know they’ll check me out, say nothing is broken, tell me to take ibuprofen or aspirin for pain, and tell me to go to a chiropractor tomorrow.

    But, even though it’s not my fault, and I feel like shit physically, I feel worse for the people in the other vehicle. I don’t think they were wearing seat belts just from peering inside, especially with the baby already crawling on the roof towards me. I really hope they are okay. I’ve witnessed one other terrible accident, but this one was far worse + being involved with it.

    Comment by Dustin — 12:01 am December 23, 2013 #

  10. Dustin, you need to be checked out, even if you think you don’t. Hopefully, they have insurance and if you have any long lasting effects from this they at least will have to take care of you. You probably will feel worse over the next few days. Even if you feel bad for them, you have to protect yourself, it is not too late to go to er or even an urgent care facility. And if they are insured make sure you get your vehicle taken care of. I’m not saying take them to the cleaners, but this is why at least liability is required to be carried. Good job on quick thinking trying to avoid the accident and also for helping when it did happen!

    Comment by CD — 3:22 am December 23, 2013 #

  11. Dustin-

    Not going to the ER wasn’t the best choice you could make but it wasn’t the worst, either. What you DO need to do is go to a chiropractor ASAP, like this (Monday) morning. I have also been the victim of a rear-end accident several times in the past and I thank chiropractic care for allowing me to still be a physically fit, active, mobile human being. If I hadn’t gone after that first bad accident I’m sure I wouldn’t have gone after the second one either and now I would be one of those people who can’t do anything, can’t lift anything and can’t enjoy life because their back will start hurting. Chiropractic care isn’t voodoo, it works.

    I recommend Dr. Robyn and Desautel Chiropractic on California. She treated me after both my bad accidents and I owe my mobility to her. My wife started seeing Dr. Moss at Moss Chiropractic in Burien and I have now switched to her to make coordinating appointments easier. Either of these two fine Chiropractors will assess your condition and provide you with excellent treatment. If neither of them are available or convenient, step out your front door and you’ll probably see a Chiropractors office- they’re everywhere. Please go see one TODAY. The sooner you go the sooner they can start reversing the damage (before the muscles “set”) and the sooner you’ll feel better.

    Comment by valvashon — 4:15 am December 23, 2013 #

  12. Dustin you need to get checked out and valvashon is right you need to get to a chiropractor.

    Comment by Helga — 7:06 am December 23, 2013 #

  13. Dustin, good on you for taking action in this situation, especially since you are essentially an injured victim of it. Adrenalin or not, I think how you acted must be a true indication of your character.

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    But, yes, please get your injuries checked out. CD has some excellent advice in their comment, word for word.

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 7:27 am December 23, 2013 #

  14. That whole interchange needs to be redesigned. Turns a drag strip at every green light for left lane to merge onto the onramp.

    Comment by Pw — 8:05 am December 23, 2013 #

  15. sounds awful. I agree- get checked out. (isn’t headache and nausea a sign of concussion?)

    Comment by sam-c — 8:39 am December 23, 2013 #

  16. Whoa dude, what a story.. Go in to the Highline medical clinic urgent care today (whatever they call it now) if you don’t want to go to the ER. I went there after I was rear-ended and they did a good job without all that ER stuff gave me medicine and even PT referral that I never used.
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    You have to make sure your brain isn’t scrambled, etc. If you were already that sore the night it happened you must be really hating it this morning.

    Comment by Jason — 10:08 am December 23, 2013 #

  17. Dear everyone telling Dustin to seek medical care — thank you. EDs don’t tend to be so harsh if you seek care immediately. These symptoms of injury need to be evaluated immediately.
    Given the time, I suggest going to a urgent care clinic asap. You’ll have to pay out of pocket, but if you pay in full the day-of, you usually get a discount. Waiting to medicate injuries CAN worsen them.

    Comment by interrobang — 11:36 am December 23, 2013 #

  18. maybe the title of this article should be updated to ’4 hurt in rollover’

    Comment by sam-c — 12:58 pm December 23, 2013 #

  19. Dustin — Please go to an Urgent Care Clinic now. Do not go to a chiropractor until you’ve been checked out by the medical community. As the victim of the accident, your injuries will be covered by the other driver’s insurance (hopefully she had insurance). Take care.

    Comment by Seattlite — 1:17 pm December 23, 2013 #

  20. Any details on how far along she was and if the babies are okay?

    Comment by Jasmine — 8:20 pm December 23, 2013 #

  21. Any details if the woman and the baby in her womb are fine? Well condition on all. @Dustin glad and thankful you didn’t get clipped worse. My prayers to all who were involved

    Comment by Jasmine — 9:16 pm December 23, 2013 #

  22. Unless someone who knows them speaks up here – we don’t have any followup information and hospitals can’t release information to the media unless they have the victims’ names.

    Comment by WSB — 9:23 pm December 23, 2013 #

  23. Dustin, you seem like a kind, compassionate and forgiving guy…great qualities, especially when you ARE the victim of others’ negligent and reckless behavior.
    I sincerely hope you are able to move forward and live a pain-free and normal life in the aftermath of this trauma.

    Comment by pupsarebest — 10:57 pm December 23, 2013 #

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