West Seattle Blog... » WS breaking news http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:25:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Update: Rescue response south of The Junction; window washer OK after brief bout of trouble http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/rescue-response-south-of-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/rescue-response-south-of-the-junction/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:56:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289583 3:55 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “rope rescue” response for what might be a window washer in trouble on a building in the 4800 block of California SW. You might hear/see a TV helicopter shortly, too. More to come.

3:58 PM: Per scanner, the window washer is reported to be OK on a 4th-floor balcony, so some of the SFD units are being canceled.

4:06 PM: The last SFD units were leaving as we arrived – all’s well, incident over.

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Update: 2-car crash in High Point, 2 people hurt, 1 rescued by Good Samaritan http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/head-on-crash-reported-in-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/head-on-crash-reported-in-high-point/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:11:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289268

(WSB photo, substituted for cameraphone photo that was originally published)
8:11 PM: Big Seattle Fire/Police response on the way to Sylvan Way/SW Morgan in High Point, for a reported two-car crash, with one car on fire, and people reported to be trapped in the other car. More to come.

8:22 PM: Two people are reported to be injured – one seriously. The scene is just east of Neighborhood House’s High Point Center at Sylvan/Lanham, on the westbound side of the road. The more-seriously hurt patient will be taken to the hospital by SFD medic unit, the other by private ambulance. Police are investigating the possibility of DUI.

8:38 PM: Eastbound lanes will be reopened soon, police are saying, while westbound will be closed a while. The crash involved a Honda Pilot and Subaru Forester (the latter is the one that caught fire, and is in the foreground of our top photo). At this point, the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is *not* being called out, which indicates they expect both people to survive. A 128 bus was having some trouble getting through the area a few minutes ago, so if you rely on that route, you might seem some delays.

9:34 PM: SPD just announced via emergency radio that Sylvan is open again, both ways.

10:08 PM: Just published to SFD’s Fire Line website, a summary identifying the Subaru’s driver as a 26-year-old man who was pulled, unconscious, from the burning vehicle by a Good Samaritan before fire crews arrived. He was “alert, oriented and conscious when medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center,” SFD reports. The driver of the Honda Pilot is described only as male; he’s the one who was taken to the hospital by private ambulance, indicating less-serious injuries.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Junction crash on California http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-junction-crash-on-california/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-junction-crash-on-california/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:34:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288503

California SW is at least partly blocked between Oregon and Alaska in The Junction right now because of that multiple-car crash. At least one person is hurt, though the injuries aren’t likely major – a private ambulance is at the scene. Not sure how long it’ll take to clear, but if you’re headed that way, you’ll want to detour onto 42nd or 44th.

WSB’s Katie Meyer is at the scene and says the white car in the photo above this line was reported to be U-turning when the black car (top photo) collided with it.

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Early-morning traffic alert: Crash at Olson/1st http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/early-morning-traffic-alert-crash-at-olson1st/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/early-morning-traffic-alert-crash-at-olson1st/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:16:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287045 If you’re headed toward or away from Highway 509, note that Seattle Fire and Police are currently at a crash scene at Olson/1st (map). SFD says a 31-year-old man was taken to the hospital in “stable condition” after crashing his car into a pole. Also per SFD, the car caught fire and bystanders rescued the man from it. Officers have called for an SDOT crew to come clean up fluid on the roadway.

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Update: Fire callout at High Point Medical Clinic http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/fire-callout-at-high-point-medical-clinic/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/fire-callout-at-high-point-medical-clinic/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:40:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286883

2:40 PM: In case you’ve noticed another significant Seattle Fire response, on the northbound side of 35th at Raymond – fire crews are here because there’s a smell of smoke inside the High Point Medical Clinic, but they haven’t found the source yet.

2:46 PM: Nothing found, and units are leaving.

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Update: Suspected DUI driver hits taxi, parked car in north Morgan Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/suspected-dui-driver-hits-taxi-parked-car-in-north-morgan-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/suspected-dui-driver-hits-taxi-parked-car-in-north-morgan-junction/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:27:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286417

(Ford at right is the suspect’s car; at left, parked car that was hit)
ORIGINAL REPORT, 10:27 PM: A driver is in custody, under investigation for DUI, after a multiple-scene crash north of Morgan Junction.

(Taxicab that was hit, ending up on southbound California)
First scene was on the southbound side of California just south of SW Raymond (map), where the suspect is reported to have hit a cab, then driven eastbound on SW Raymond, going over a traffic circle, and coming to a stop after hitting a parked car on Raymond between 42nd and 41st.

(Traffic circle, with shrubbery torn out when car went over it)
Police, fire, and witnesses all tell us no one was hurt; witnesses say the allegedly intoxicated driver stayed at the second scene and seemed aware of what he had done. SFD has cleared the scene but it might take a while for the wrecked cars to be cleared on Raymond; the taxi on California is already gone. Thanks to everyone who texted and tweeted about this.

UPDATE, 5:49 PM SUNDAY: The driver, 39 years old, spent five and a half hours in jail before getting out this morning; his bail was $1,000.

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Video: ‘Heavy rescue’ for industrial injury on West Marginal Way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/heavy-rescue-for-industrial-injury-on-west-marginal-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/heavy-rescue-for-industrial-injury-on-west-marginal-way/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:25:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285883

(Above, building at Fog-Tite where accident happened)
11:25 AM: Seattle firefighters are at another “heavy rescue” call, this time in the 4800 block of West Marginal Way (map). SFD says it involves “man who has his arm trapped in cement mixer,” and they’ve extricated the patient. We hear from Cathy that traffic is getting by both ways; the emergency equipment is on the southbound side, so take care if you’ll be using W. Marginal in that area any time soon.

12:06 PM: Our crew reports that a 34-year-old man got his arm stuck in a cement-mixer auger; SFD used heavy-rescue tools to free him, over the course of about 15 minutes, and he was taken to Harborview Medical Center. SFD units have now left the scene; we got a quick briefing there from spokesperson Kyle Moore, and will add video when it’s uploaded. the video is above.

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Update: Car hits building’s gas meter in Highland Park; no one hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/car-hits-building-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/car-hits-building-in-highland-park/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:01:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285861

9:01 AM: Moving this over from our morning traffic watch: Seattle Fire is on the scene of a crash described as a car hitting a building in the 7900 block of 9th SW (map). Everyone got out of the car OK, SFD reports, but it hit the gas meter, so they’re calling in Puget Sound Energy.

9:04 AM: Our crew at the scene reports the aforementioned gas leak is very noticeable in the immediate area – so stay clear of there for now. No major traffic effects, though. This happened at an auto-repair shop at 9th/Kenyon.

9:22 AM: Replaced our original photo with a wider view showing the scene – the black car with the open doors is the one that hit the building, and it’s since been pulled out:

Also, PSE has shut off the gas, and the SFD crews will be pulling back too.

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Update: Driver to hospital after going sideways at 42nd/Dakota http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/heavy-rescue-for-flipped-car-on-42nd-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/heavy-rescue-for-flipped-car-on-42nd-sw/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:14:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285372

(Added: WSB photo)
6:14 AM: Emergency responders are arriving in the 4000 block of 42nd SW on a “heavy rescue” call that involves a flipped car, according to someone who called us (thank you).

6:19 AM: Some of the units have been canceled – the person in the vehicle, reported to be on its side, got out without having to be cut out. No word on injuries yet; our crew is en route.

6:34 AM: Just added a photo. The car – reported to be owned by a rental company – is up on the sidewalk, and police are trying to figure out how that happened. Its driver is being taken to the hospital by private ambulance. Police say he told them he was westbound and remembers hitting the traffic island just before the car landed on the sidewalk on the north side of Dakota, a few houses east of California. No traffic effects now but once a tow truck arrives, that will cause some 42nd/Dakota logistics challenges for a bit.

8:42 AM: Car’s gone, scene clear.

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Update: Car-motorcycle collision at 16th/Holden, 2 hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/car-motorcycle-collision-at-16thholden/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/car-motorcycle-collision-at-16thholden/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:13:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285321

7:13 PM: … That’s what the big response is for. Two people hurt, but neither lost consciousness, per scanner.

7:22 PM: We are at the scene. Two people were on the motorcycle, both taken to the hospital by private ambulance. The crash scene is on Holden west of 16th, at the 7-11 driveway. No life-threatening injuries. It’s suspected the collision happened because the sun got in everybody’s eyes, police told us.

7:39 PM: Added a photo. At top, police officers and firefighters were cleaning up the scene, including lifting up the motorcycle, awaiting a tow truck. SFD says the people taken to the hospital were the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and 50-year-old woman who was his passenger.

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Car mishap brings police, fire, ambulance to Chief Sealth IHS http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/car-mishap-brings-police-fire-ambulance-to-chief-sealth-ihs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/car-mishap-brings-police-fire-ambulance-to-chief-sealth-ihs/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 22:06:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284714

If you’re picking up a student at Chief Sealth International High School – where classes are ending for the day – it’ll be more difficult than usual to navigate the parking lot/dropoff zone, where you’ll see police cars, a fire engine, an ambulance, and a tow truck. That’s because of what’s in the photos – a car that somehow wound up on the embankment between the parking lot and the exit driveway alongside the auditorium.

Thanks to the person who texted to let us know about this and shared the top photo; at the scene, police told us the car was driven by a student, who wasn’t hurt, but had passengers who were still being checked.

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Update: Rescue call at Alki, apparently a false alarm http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/rescue-call-at-alki/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/rescue-call-at-alki/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:53:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284285 3:53 PM: Big Seattle Fire response on the way to the 2800 block of Alki Avenue SW, for a report of a swimmer possibly in trouble.

3:57 PM: A swimmer has been spotted but first crews on scene says s/he does NOT appear to be in trouble, so they’re canceling most of the units. SFD is also turning back the fireboat they were starting to send through the Ballard Locks.

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Update: Deadly motorcycle crash on West Seattle Bridge exit to southbound I-5 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffic-alert-motorcycle-crash-closes-west-seattle-bridge-exit-to-southbound-i-5/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffic-alert-motorcycle-crash-closes-west-seattle-bridge-exit-to-southbound-i-5/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:34:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283768

(Photos by WSP Sgt. Courtney Stewart)
1:34 AM: More West Seattle Bridge exit ramp trouble. This time, a motorcycle has crashed and both people riding it are hurt. It happened at the exit to southbound I-5 on the east end of the bridge. The State Patrol says one person is in critical condition, one in serious condition, and the exit is closed.

1:45 AM: Update from WSP via Twitter: The motorcycle’s driver has died. The passenger is still described as in serious condition and was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

5:08 AM: WSP says the passenger’s life was saved by netting:

The ramp is now open again.

ADDED 9:45 AM: According to the WSP “media memo” with additional information, the man who was killed was 32 years old and from Kent; the woman who survived is 22 and from Puyallup. WSP’s preliminary investigation information in the same e-mail says the motorcycle “took exit ramp to southbound I-5 and failed to negotiate curve, ejected driver and passenger, and came to rest in (the) roadway.”

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Update: Dryer fire in condo building at south end of Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fire-call-at-south-end-of-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fire-call-at-south-end-of-the-junction/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:32:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283376

12:32 PM: Seattle Fire crews are at a condominium building in the 5000 block of California SW on the south end of The Junction for a “fire in building” call. The street is shut down at the scene.

They’re finding light smoke but still looking for its source. More shortly.

12:46 PM: Our crew on scene has talked to the incident commander, who says the fire was traced to a dryer. No injuries. California SW shouldn’t be closed too much longer, maybe 20 minutes or so.

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Update: Driver hurt after flipping car across from Fairmount Playfield http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffic-alert-southbound-fauntleroy-way-closed-after-car-flip-crash/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffic-alert-southbound-fauntleroy-way-closed-after-car-flip-crash/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:42:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282791

(WSB photo by Katie Meyer)
12:42 AM: Police are closing the southbound side of Fauntleroy Way SW right now in the Fairmount Playfield area, between Dawson and Brandon (map), because of what we’re told is a flipped-car crash. At least one person is hurt, described as a woman in her 30s.

12:59 AM: Adding photos. Police say the woman has been taken to the hospital; the car is on its side, and officers are awaiting a tow truck to clear it away. Witnesses tell us a parked car was also hit. (added) Second photo from WSB’s Katie Meyer actually shows at least two parked cars damaged.

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