West Seattle, Washington
9:21 PM: A big Seattle Fire response is on the way to the 6700 block of 18th SW [map] on Puget Ridge. According to scanner traffic, an SUV has hit a tree and is on its side, with one person reported trapped. More to come.
9:25 PM: The person is now out of the vehicle, after reportedly claiming to be unhurt. Most of the SFD response is being canceled.
10:08 PM: Photos added. This one wrapped up fast. The last SFD crew (Engine 11) passed us while we were still a few blocks away. Only one police car was left keeping watch on the vehicle until the tow truck arrived – and we passed it as we left. 18th, narrow as it is, wasn’t even blocked by the wreck.
ADDED TUESDAY MORNING: Neighbors say the driver appeared impaired, and overnight, the call was officially logged as DUI.
9:20 PM: Police and fire have responded. More to come.
9:30 PM: We have just talked to police. A woman showed up in the coffee shop claiming she was stabbed, but turned out not to be injured at all. She is “in crisis,” however, and is being taken to the hospital by private ambulance for an evaluation.
8:38 PM: SW Roxbury is blocked right now at 9th SW because of a one-car crash. The driver is reported to have hit a pole; the car was in the middle of the westbound lanes by the time we arrived. The driver walked away, possibly dazed from a head injury, but turned up a block away, and medics were called. The scene should be clear before too long – a sergeant at the scene told us a tow truck was on the way.
10:20 PM: We finally were able to go back to verify that the road’s clear – it is.
5:54 PM: Thanks to the texter who tipped us even before Seattle Fire‘s “heavy rescue” dispatch went out – they report a car is on its side in the middle of eastbound Fauntleroy Way in The Triangle. The SFD dispatch has SW Oregon as the cross-street. We’re on our way to find out more.
5:58 PM: Per scanner, all but three of the SFD units are being dismissed – the person feared trapped in the vehicle is out.
6:08 PM: No injuries, our crew has been told at the scene. Two vehicles involved; police are talking to the drivers, and awaiting tow trucks. Eastbound Fauntleroy is blocked between 38th SW and the YMCA annex at SW Oregon.
6:23 PM: It’s blurry, but this camera should show when eastbound Fauntleroy reopens, if SDOT doesn’t move it – you can see the closed stretch in the right foreground.
Thanks for the texts about the emergency response at the intersection of California and Fauntleroy in Morgan Junction. Here’s what we’ve found out: A woman suffered a heart attack and collapsed at the northeast corner. She has been taken to Harborview Medical Center; traffic was directed around the emergency vehicles, but they will be clearing shortly.
1:51 PM: Big “automobile rescue” response for a crash at 16th and Thistle in Highland Park. Avoid the area. More to come.
1:59 PM: More units are on the way – the call has been escalated to “heavy rescue.”
2:11 PM: Via scanner, SFD is treating a 24-year-old man who will be taken to Harborview Medical Center. Injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. Meantime, the crash is affecting Metro Routes 125 and 128.
2:56 PM: Photo added. Police told us this is being investigated as a hit-and-run; this comment includes what a witness reported seeing. The medical exchange we heard via scanner described the victim as having been hit “at high speed.”
7:01 PM: Avoid 35th/Holden – SPD and SFD are dealing with an “assault with weapons” response right now. More to come.
7:11 PM: Awaiting word from our crew headed to the scene, but so far we’re hearing this is reported to be a case of someone shot elsewhere and taken to Fire Station 37 (which is what’s at the address on the real-time 911 log, 7700 35th SW).
7:27 PM: At Station 37, SFD tells WSB’s Christopher Boffoli that an 18-year-old man showed up there with a gunshot wound and has been taken to Harborview. No information on his condition. Police have left FS 37 and Christopher is off to the second scene, reported to be at or near the small commercial center on the northeast corner of 35th/Roxbury.
7:52 PM: Police there were leaving but Christopher did find out they suspect the victim was NOT shot near A Pizza Mart as reported; the store’s owner told Christopher he’s been there since 11 am and there have been no disturbances, let alone shootings, nearby. Meantime, SPD tweeted that the victim’s wound is not life-threatening.
11:28 AM: One person is reported hurt in a crash just east of the low bridge, at 11th and Spokane, and Seattle Fire has sent a “heavy-rescue” response. Avoid the area; updates to come.
11:57 AM UPDATE: At the scene. A woman in her mid-thirties has non-life-threatening injuries after her car went beneath a heavy-equipment trailer. Avoid the area east of the low bridge – EB traffic is being routed onto Harbor Island, while the off-island ramp has a big backlog of trucks.
12:12 PM: The scene is starting to clear – the damaged car has been towed and more SFD vehicles are leaving.
10:49 PM: Seattle Police and Fire are on the scene of an incident involving a motorcycle rider at 12th SW and SW Thistle in Highland Park [map]. The rider will be taken to the hospital via Seattle Fire medic unit and is reported to have “significant trauma.”
11:34 PM: Just back from the scene. Photo added. The motorcyclist crashed on the north (westbound) side of SW Thistle between 12th SW and 13th SW. SFD medics were still working to stabilize him before leaving for Harborview. We weren’t able to talk with police but have learned more via the scanner – according to medics, the rider is reported to be around 50 years old, and believed to have crashed at high speed and been thrown at least 50 feet.
4:49 PM: If you’re wondering about the Seattle Fire/Police response at California/Walker [map] in North Admiral – it’s reported to be an incident involving a pedestrian. We have a crew on the way to find out more.
4:53 PM: Via scanner, initial medical assessment says the victim is a 29-year-old woman hit by a driver going about 30 mph, with injuries including a possible skull fracture.
5:18 PM: The street is reopening, as police have decided not to bring out the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad. Firefighters told WSB’s Christopher Boffoli that the victim was believed to be crossing at mid-block when hit.
6:37 PM: As discussed in comments, there also are witness reports that the victim was crossing at a corner. We won’t be able to find out more about the investigation, nor about the victim’s condition, before tomorrow.
10:46 PM: We did hear tonight from an Admiral business owner who says the victim is an employee and was on her way to work. A commenter says she was still in surgery a little while ago.
9:39 PM: A big Seattle Fire “heavy rescue” is headed to the 8800 block of 41st SW in Fauntlee Hills (map), for a report of a “car on its side with people trapped.” More shortly.
9:58 PM: Photo added. Most SFD units were canceled shortly after dispatch but others remain, with police.
10:07 PM: 41st SW is blocked by the crash scene, which is on a residential street. We are told the man driving the car was the only person in it; he will be going to a hospital by private ambulance to be checked out. He hit a parked car, police tell us.
9:46 AM: We’re on the way to check out a Seattle Fire response at Fauntleroy/Alaska that’s closed some traffic lanes, according to what we’ve heard on the scanner (real-time 911 is down, so the nature of the call isn’t visible). Avoid the area for now; updates to come.
9:52 AM: The traffic camera we’ve added above shows Fauntleroy fully closed right now south of Alaska. Scanner discussion indicates this is a gas-leak situation and Puget Sound Energy is on the way.
10:03 AM: Our crew has arrived and talked with SFD; they confirm it’s a gas leak at The Whittaker construction site. PSE has arrived. SW Alaska remains open; (added) SW Edmunds is, too.
10:38 AM: The camera view above shows that traffic is being allowed on Fauntleroy again.
4:54 PM: We’re now en route to another police response people have been texting us about, a search near Olson/Myers. We know a K-9 team is part of it but don’t know yet who they’re searching for or why.
5:11 PM: This is no longer affecting traffic. Two police cars are on the shoulder by the exit from W. Marginal Way S. A damaged car was being towed from Cloverdale over 509.
5:39 PM: A neighbor tells us a suspect was taken into custody on 3rd SW on the other side of the steep, wooded hillside where we saw police cars, and that police say the case involved a stolen car and hit-run.
9:58 AM: Thanks for the texts reporting a crash at Delridge/Andover, one saying a car has gone sideways. On our way to find out more.
10:14 AM: Just arrived in the area. A Route 125 bus is stopped on the northbound side on Delridge north of Andover; a fire engine is on the same side, just south of the intersection, and the crashed car is east of it (perpendicular to traffic – see photo added above). Traffic is getting by both ways on Delridge, westbound on Andover, but if you have to come this way, take it slow. Police say no one was hurt. They’re still talking to drivers and witnesses to see what happened.
10:24 AM: The injury situation may have changed. An AMR ambulance just pulled up near the crashed car.
9:01 PM: Seattle Fire and Police have a big emergency response right now in the 4900 block of West Marginal Way SW [map]. Two cars have collided and someone believed to be seriously hurt will have to be cut out of one of them, according to what we’re hearing on the scanner. Part of the road is blocked; we’re on our way to find out more.
9:21 PM: We’ve just arrived in the area. Big emergency response still across most of the road. Three people are reported to be hurt.
9:34 PM: One person with major injuries – the one who had to be cut out of the car that hit a pole – was taken to Harborview by SFD medic unit, two others by private ambulance. The Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is on the way, which means the road will be blocked for hours – all lanes are now blocked. Power lines are down on the roadway, too.
9:48 PM: No comment from police so far on what might have led to the collision. City Light is here to deal with the utility pole and downed lines.
5:37 AM: No formal all-clear was ever issued for this but it’s no longer on SDOT’s incident map; if you go through the area and find it’s not clear, please let us know.
11:08 AM: We have just confirmed with police that this crash resulted in an arrest. The 19-year-old driver of the Audi was released from the hospital early this morning and booked into King County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault. His bail hearing is not likely to be held until tomorrow; we will follow the case.
5:37 PM: A crash has Roxbury blocked at 8th SW. We’re on our way to find out more.
5:51 PM: Photo added. Deputies at the scene aren’t commenting except to say that one person has been taken to the hospital. Their major crash-investigation unit is responding, so Roxbury is likely to be blocked here for a few hours. Some southbound traffic on 8th SW is getting through, though, our crew says.
6:01 PM: Sgt. Cindi West from KCSO confirms that this is a crash involving a deputy hitting a pedestrian. The pedestrian – male, adult – has been taken to Harborview but Sgt. West says his injuries are not believed to be serious; the transport is precautionary, and the crash investigators are coming to the scene because of the deputy involvement. Also, a traffic update from our crew: Westbound traffic on Roxbury is being diverted; the outside eastbound lane is open.
9:27 PM: We weren’t able to go back to check until now, but we’ve confirmed the intersection is completely clear.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Sgt. West says the 65-year-old man who was hit was released from the hospital last night. Here’s how KCSO says it happened: “The deputy was northbound on 8 Ave SW and was stopped at the red light at Roxbury. When the light turned green he waited for traffic to clear so he could make a left turn to go westbound on Roxbury. The pedestrian was in the cross walk on the west side of the intersection crossing from south to north. The man had just reached the first westbound lane when he was hit by the bumper of the police vehicle making the left turn. The northbound light was green and the status of the pedestrian crossing light is unknown.”
She says the deputy was in an unmarked SUV, estimated to have been going 10 mph or less when he hit the pedestrian.
4:09 PM: Thanks for the tips. Another traffic incident – this time at 35th and Barton. Texters say a bicyclist is hurt. A reader photo (above) shows the incident on the southeast corner. We’re on the way to check.
4:24 PM: Medical discussion monitored via scanner indicates the bicycle rider, hit by a driver, is a 40-year-old man with leg and shoulder injuries. SFD tells our crew at the scene the injuries are not life-threatening. He’s being taken to Harborview Medical Center. No one in the car was hurt.
8:07 AM: Breaking this out from morning traffic watch: A motorcycle-minivan crash on the west side of the 35th/Juneau intersection has sent the rider to the hospital with serious injuries. Juneau is blocked west of 35th. A woman and baby in the minivan were unhurt. A Good Samaritan stayed with the rider until help arrived and, we’re told, became a victim herself when someone ran off with her backpack.
8:46 AM: Just went past the scene again on the way back to HQ from checking out something else. Juneau is no longer closed west of 35th. The minivan had not yet been towed, so that might cause some delays on the southbound side of 35th at some point soon. We will be contacting Harborview this morning to see if we can find out how the rider is doing.
1:39 PM: So far we haven’t been able to get information from Harborview (without the rider’s name), but I SFD spokesperson Capt. Shata Stephenson tells us the rider is “approximately 19 years old) and that her injuries were NOT life-threatening.
8:30 AM: We’re breaking this out of the morning traffic report: An incident involving a bicycle and car has sent a woman to the hospital. It happened near 46th/47th and Genesee [map]; police tell us the woman was riding a cargo/family bicycle with a child, and that the child was not hurt. Westbound Genesee is closed; eastbound is open. We’re still working to get more details but at this point police are not expecting the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad, which indicates that the woman’s injuries are not life-threatening. Officers are talking with the driver at the scene.
8:39 AM: Police say the street will reopen shortly.
9:11 AM: Seattle Fire spokesperson Capt. Shata Stephenson tells us that this was a “low-speed” collision and the rider, 41, was taken to the hospital mostly for evaluation purposes. We have an inquiry out with Harborview too.
10:11 PM: Police and fire are responding to a house near 14th and Roxbury. It’s an “assault with weapons” call on the SFD log but we haven’t heard whether there’s a victim. We are hearing that police are blocking off traffic in the 14th/15th/Roxbury area, so please avoid that area TFN. More to come.
10:23 PM: Per scanner, police have gone in and determined there’s no victim. They’re now trying to sort out whether the call was a hoax.