Update: 35th SW open again after incident @ Henderson

January 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 24 Comments

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7:33 PM: Dangerous Friday night on the roads – a crash reported to be car/pedestrian has northbound 35th SW closed at Henderson. Metro’s rerouting buses.

9:32 PM: Just went to check on the scene – all clear. No updates on circumstances, but if the injuries had been life-threatening, investigators will still be out, so at least the fact they’re not is a good sign.

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE: Finally just spoke with SFD about this. Spokesperson Lt. Sue Stangl confirms the person hit was taken to the hospital but did NOT suffer life-threatening injuries.

24 Comments

  1. We drove past this accident shortly after it happened before any rescue arrived. The pedestrian was on the street, sitting up and alert. She was clutching her right leg. There were several people around trying to help her until help arrived. She was nowhere near a sidewalk.

    Comment by Gail — 7:49 pm January 17, 2014 #

  2. We came upon this accident just as it happened. It looked really bad and it appeared that the pedestrian was hit as he was crossing right at the bus stop. He was dressed in a bright orange and white wide striped shirt so it’s odd that he wasn’t seen by the driver. Sending positive thoughts that he’s going to be okay.

    Comment by CyReid — 8:00 pm January 17, 2014 #

  3. A friend of mine was involved in a late night collision on 35th in that area a few weeks ago, his truck was totaled. I don’t think it was reported. Dangerous arterial.

    Comment by G — 8:47 pm January 17, 2014 #

  4. Any idea if the driver was under an influence?

    Comment by B — 8:56 pm January 17, 2014 #

  5. Have no info on circumstances nor anyone’s condition. Headed that way to check on the scene.

    Comment by WSB — 8:57 pm January 17, 2014 #

  6. Gail says it’s a woman
    And the next post…CyReid..says it was a man and describes the clothing, is this the same accident on 35th?

    Comment by CJ — 9:04 pm January 17, 2014 #

  7. It’s Selena from Lucky 5 gas station, we were able to see the accident and it appears the pedestrian was a man because we believe he was shopping at our store shortly before the accident and we recognized his jacket. (Response to CJ)

    Comment by Selena — 10:00 pm January 17, 2014 #

  8. When is someone going to sue the pants off the city for just letting 35th remain a danger? It’s not just stupid drivers — no other street in West Seattle or anywhere else in Seattle has this many accidents per car on the road.

    Comment by Typical guy — 1:23 am January 18, 2014 #

  9. Typical Guy,

    2 things:
    On what grounds would there be a lawsuit? You say it’s not just the drivers but don’t mention what is fundamentally wrong with the street that the city should be held liable.

    Do you have a source for the accident claim? I tried to find that info from the city but I had no luck. If you could point me in the right direction, I’d appreciate it.

    Comment by M — 2:01 am January 18, 2014 #

  10. Three years ago, we had some stats in this story about a discussion focused on 35th SW, including city reps. It was shortly after what was the most recent fatality prior to Mr. St. Clair’s death.
    .
    http://westseattleblog.com/2011/04/how-to-slow-i-35-sdot-west-seattle-crime-prevention-council
    .
    I recall a story along the lines of ‘West Seattle’s most dangerous streets’ more recently, am still looking for it. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 2:41 am January 18, 2014 #

  11. 35th is very, very much on the radar of WWRHAH and other groups along the stretch, and also on the WSTC’s radar for actions to pursue.

    Comment by Joe Szilagyi — 7:51 am January 18, 2014 #

  12. A friend was killed crossing the street at that intersection in 1971. Nothing has changed.

    Comment by gatewood — 8:17 am January 18, 2014 #

  13. Typical Guy…sue the pants off the city? I don’t know if this is the case, but people jay walking and cars going way too fast perhaps are the problem. I believe there could be a solution short of sueing. Should I assume you have never driven over the speed limit or jay walked to hold the city totally responsible for these accidents? Good grief.

    Comment by cid — 8:38 am January 18, 2014 #

  14. Seems odd to sue the city in place of personal responsibility. I live by this intersection and I see nothing strange or unusual about it. It’s a simple intersection with crosswalks and lights that do their job, it’s up to people to follow the laws/rules of the road

    Comment by Eric — 11:12 am January 18, 2014 #

  15. + 1 Eric

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 12:22 pm January 18, 2014 #

  16. Well said Eric

    Comment by Mike — 10:45 pm January 18, 2014 #

  17. Well, I live on 35th–and the traffic is relentless. There was an accident outside our door a few weeks ago. As far as I am concerned, that road needs to be paved over with sidewalk.

    Comment by Wb — 9:00 am January 19, 2014 #

  18. Well considering that 35th is one of only a few main arterials in WS, of course traffic would be “relentless”. It’s not like anyone buying a home right on 35th should be shocked by this or that there are sometimes accidents, and unfortunately sometimes tragic.

    Comment by Eric — 12:20 pm January 19, 2014 #

  19. Is it possible there were both a man and a woman? We had company that night, and one of our guests who passed this accident said she saw responders loading a body into a body bag.

    Comment by Michael Bunney — 4:57 pm January 19, 2014 #

  20. I have scoured everywhere, pending one last quadruple-check on Tuesday, and there is absolutely no indication of a fatality involved in this. Among many other factors, unless it was a case of someone having a heart attack and dying in the crosswalk as a medical situation with NO vehicle involved, there is absolutely no way on the planet that the road would have reopened so soon if there had been not only a fatality, even a life-threatening injury. People often mistake patients who are covered up to keep warm and then loaded into a medic unit, for possible “bodies,” and that’s all I can imagine was seen. We were in a room full of city authorities (minus police) for yesterday’s 35th SW memorial walk about two miles south, and they too would have known if there had been a crash resulting in death. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 5:13 pm January 19, 2014 #

  21. Just added to the story – the person who was hit definitely survived and did NOT have life-threatening injuries.

    Comment by WSB — 9:31 am January 21, 2014 #

  22. Jsut wondering if there are any other details available about this accident – was the person corssing in the crosswalk with the light or jay walking, was the car failing to yield, etc.?

    I live a few houses up the street and cross at this intersection frequently. I’d love to understand what happened and if anything could have been prevented by the pedestrian (besides the usual – use the crosswalk, comply with the light, mayke eye contact with drivers, etc.).

    Comment by KK — 10:36 am January 21, 2014 #

  23. oops! posted mid-sentence & before spell checking. here’s the rest:

    I live a few houses up the street and cross at this intersection frequently. I’d love to understand what happened and if anything could have been done by the pedestrian (besides the usual – use the crosswalk, comply with the light, mayke eye contact with drivers, etc.).

    Comment by KK — 10:40 am January 21, 2014 #

  24. There was no one loaded into a body bag. It was one male injured. Ped did not cross in crosswalk.

    Comment by LH — 5:17 pm January 21, 2014 #

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