UPDATE: ‘Heavy rescue’ callout for crash at 30th/Genesee

10:09 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “heavy rescue” response to 30th SW/SW Genesee [map], which would be on the hill along the north side of West Seattle Golf Course. It’s reported to be a two-car crash, with one vehicle gone sideways.

10:15 PM: Everyone is reported to be out of the vehicles – no “heavy rescue” extrication required. Per scanner, westbound traffic on Genesee will be blocked off at 26th.

10:34 PM: Thanks to the texter who sent the photo we’ve added above. No major injuries – the entire SFD response has been closed out.

7 Replies to "UPDATE: 'Heavy rescue' callout for crash at 30th/Genesee"

  • Hockeychick725 December 25, 2017 (12:22 am)

    We just had another car flip over on top of the first one in that spot. Please, everybody, do *not* attempt going down Genessee towards Delridge! It is so slick it might as well be an ice rink.

  • diane de rooij December 25, 2017 (2:18 pm)

    the first accident last night was completely conditions-related. They didn’t even get a chance to pull into the parking lot. They went into a skid about halfway down the block, lost control & ended up on their side in this pit lined with big rocks. No injuries to any of the four occupants.

    then, an hour or so later, a resident was going to leave but about 20 feet from the driveway, skidded sideways & into the same pit, on top of the first car. The driver was injured but went back to his apartment.

    when I took pictures this morning it occurred to me that if the first accident hadn’t happened, the second car might have taken a harder, deeper dive into the pit & been seriously injured.

    a third accident happened this morning when the 50 bus was coming up Genessee & tried to turn onto 30th. I heard all kinds of noise but only saw the result: the bus crashed into the corner signpost & flattened it. The bus continued on 30th to Avalon. I thought they were required to stop & remain at the scene of an accident.

    even after the obvious problems, before the city closed the hill, people continued to speed down the street. Considering that people can barely go up the hill when it’s raining hard, i cannot fathom how drivers can be so reckless.

    I live in the building where the cars are. i have no idea how any crane or tow truck can get these vehicles out.

    there’s no need to use Genessee above 30th. you can go nw on 30th to intersect with Avalon & vice versa to go se.

    diane de rooij

    • WSB December 25, 2017 (4:39 pm)

      Thank you for the update and photos. I can hardly bear that hill when it’s dry, never mind rain, snow, ice – and tonight is likely to see the latter.

      • Kc December 25, 2017 (5:10 pm)

            Just to be absolutely clear  I was the driver of the second car in my case this was not the result of Genesee being icy it was the result of the driveway apron approach from the parking lot  being slick as snot  and the fact that the approach is not only an incline by also cantted to the slope of the hill  if there had been caution tape strung across the approach I would not have tried to exit  the top of the rockery has no curd or gaurd rail

        i am thankful  having had your life pass before your eyes in a blink of an eye

        It is clear to me that a guardian angel was along for the ride with me last night 

        the property owners must install some sort of barrier along the top of the rockery if it was there the side of my car would have been damaged but not upside down in the pit

        • diane de rooij December 25, 2017 (5:32 pm)

          the same thing applies to the first accident as well. any sort of guardrail or filling in that pit would have kept the first car up, even if it smashed the guardrail. I hope you’ll mention that to management, KC, when you talk to them. The other driver did.

          I’m glad things weren’t worse for you. that entire parking lot, all the way in to the dumpster, needs regrading to remove obstacles & hazards.


      • diane de rooij December 25, 2017 (5:41 pm)

        by the way, when I heard the incredible noise of the car slamming into the rocks & building, I ran to my window. I couldn’t see the wreck from there, but what I did see was our neighbors across the street on 30th, yelling for 911 and dashing across the street in pajamas and slippers. One woman in particular led the rescue efforts. She charged in there & got between the car & the wall & helped our neighbors & their family get out of the car, along with several others. They were extricated from the car before the firetruck arrived, apparently unharmed. They deserve a special thank you for courage without thought of danger. anything could have happened. THANK YOU!

  • DK December 27, 2017 (6:50 pm)

    Last year in the middle of summer some guy had his SUV roll away in the parking lot to that exact spot. There really should be a guardrail.

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