UPDATE: 2 hurt, rescued from SUV on side near Hamilton Viewpoint Park

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(Photos by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)

10:46 PM: A big Seattle Fire “heavy rescue” response is going to a crash scene reported near Hamilton Viewpoint Park [map]. Two people are trapped, according to scanner discussion, which also indicates that California is blocked from the park to Harbor Avenue SW.

10:53 PM: SFD crews are working to get the two people out of the vehicle. The vehicle is reported to have hit a pole, bringing down power lines, and taking out a hydrant.


11:03 PM: First patient has been extricated. Adding a photo from WSB’s Christopher Boffoli at the scene.


He reports, “It is right at the curve. Literally at the intersection of California ave SW and California lane SW. One silver SUV on its side.”


11:20 PM: Christopher reports that the second person has been extricated. Both will be taken to Harborview; one has serious injuries, the other a little less serious.

11:27 PM: Christopher’s now being told at the scene that both people in the vehicle are female and neither has life-threatening injuries.

11:50 PM: Police say California Lane – the hillside road between Hamilton Viewpoint and Harbor Ave – will be closed until City Light can take care of the damaged pole.

8:49 AM: According to the SPD Twitter log, the incident is classified as a DUI investigation.

16 Replies to "UPDATE: 2 hurt, rescued from SUV on side near Hamilton Viewpoint Park"

  • Emily January 24, 2017 (10:51 pm)

    At least 4 response vehicles have gone down Harbor Ave so far.  Hope they get them out! :(

  • Radioguru January 24, 2017 (10:56 pm)

    Sounds like a mess. Pole and wires down, sheared off hydrant. 2 yellow patients trapped, car on its side. Hopefully they can be extricated and their injuries are minor. 

    • Alki Resident January 24, 2017 (11:11 pm)

      2 yellow patients?

      • WSB January 24, 2017 (11:23 pm)

        That’s a form of condition assessment but it’s what they said as they arrived. Our crew at the scene has confirmed one “red,” one “yellow” – the former more serious than the latter. Both will be taken to the hospital.

        • WSB January 24, 2017 (11:33 pm)

          … and now (added to story) he’s being told neither has life-threatening injuries.

  • Huck January 24, 2017 (11:06 pm)

    Wow. Just saw all the emergency vehicles go by. Checked the blog and you guys were already reporting it.  You guys are on it! Good job.

  • Radioguru January 24, 2017 (11:09 pm)

    Now hearing one patient red, 1 yellow. Yellow usually means minor injuries (bumps and bruises) red usually mean serious injuries, possibly broken bones, lacerations causing significant bleeding.

  • Alki Resident January 24, 2017 (11:42 pm)

    Ya that didn’t register with me but yes I’m aware of those codes, thanks. I hope they will be alright, speed or alcohol I hope we’re not the cause.

  • Wsjunctionman January 24, 2017 (11:55 pm)

    At 11:45 tried driving from Admiral to Alki Through View Point. Was unable to get thru do to police presence blocking the street. Glad nobody was seriously hurt. What was that make and model was that SUV?

    • Christopher Boffoli January 25, 2017 (6:36 am)

      Difficult to determine based on the damage and how opened up the vehicle was after SFD extracted the occupants.  My best guess is that it could have been a VW Tiguan or maybe a Madza.

  • JanS January 25, 2017 (1:00 am)

    it’s a tricky curve…ya gotta slow down for it…glad that they will be alright with healing…

  • rpo January 25, 2017 (8:54 am)

    There was another single vehicle crash at the same corner on a weekday about two weeks ago that I did not see reported anywhere.  That driver was in handcuffs on the curb, and I assumed they were probably under the influence.

    • WSB January 25, 2017 (9:05 am)

      There are many more crashes every day/week than we ever hear about and/or can report – we catch the ones that we get tips about, that cause notable traffic effects, and/or that lead to large SFD callouts because of a complicating factor (in this case, the two people who had to be cut out, which is why it was a “heavy rescue” call). I can’t find anything else in the records for that area for the past two weeks … but the records are imperfect. – TR

      • rpo January 25, 2017 (12:04 pm)

        I was not being critical at all…just pointing out two accidents at the same spot close in succession.  That’s a wicked corner…especially in winter!

        • JanS January 25, 2017 (2:52 pm)

          and now this one, too, is being said to be a DUI. The results are very sad. Putting your own life in danger is one thing,..putting someone else’s life in danger, too is  unconscionable, in my book. Sorry the young lady thought it Ok to drive after drinking, and sorry her friend thought it OK to go along with it. How very sad , indeed

          • WSB January 25, 2017 (3:16 pm)

            Please note, we don’t know the relationship between, or even the ages of, these two people, described only as “females” – so we don’t know who’s young, who’s not, whether friend/friend, mother/daughter, or what. I can’t find the suspect on the jail roster or elsewhere and am not likely to ever get this info, too much else going on.

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