Update: Crash slows traffic on Harbor Avenue

Thanks to Vlad for sending that pic a short time ago from the scene of a crash on Harbor Ave, right by the home of West Bay Espresso, Pinup Salon and a few other businesses (here’s a map). The fire call is closed and no medic unit was involved, which means no major injuries; we’ll be checking to see if traffic is back to normal. (By the way, we’ve just added a bit of new info to the end of last night’s story about the 49th/Admiral flipped-car crash.) 11:34 AM UPDATE: We’re at the crash scene and traffic is still slow going – down to one lane right now – so avoid the area for a while.

22 Replies to "Update: Crash slows traffic on Harbor Avenue"

  • Robert June 22, 2009 (11:41 am)

    Maybe it’s time to ban sports cars from Harbor Avenue – they seem to magically “go out of control” there. :-)

  • marty June 22, 2009 (2:42 pm)

    Wow! That’s a bad area to be a Porsche!!

  • k June 22, 2009 (2:59 pm)

    Sports cars should be banned? Why because you don’t have one? Haha, I am the owner of that vehicle that you felt compelled to blog about. Just to let you know even though it is not anyones business but the family and friends of the people involved, I was going under 10 mph and still was in an accident, not driving out of control. Accidents happen, I’m sure that all cars have the same capability to be in an accident along with they’re drivers, that’s why we have insurance. No one was hurt and that is the important thing.

  • WSB June 22, 2009 (3:10 pm)

    Don’t know if you are addressing us or the commenters but nobody “blogged” about this crash. We reported it as news – regardless of who or what caused it, it snarled traffic on an arterial, Harbor Ave, for more than an hour, and that’s the kind of story we routinely report as West Seattle’s only 24/7, real-time news source (this site is read from mobile devices and our content goes mobile via Twitter and Facebook as well). Thanks for confirming that no one was hurt — TR (WSB editor)

  • TeresaP June 22, 2009 (3:23 pm)

    WOW! That is a lot of damage to the Porsche for going so slow, glad no one was hurt.

  • B June 22, 2009 (3:46 pm)

    I think that’s a Nissan Z, not a Porsche. (not that it matters much). Glad nobody was hurt!

  • Leroniusmonkfish June 22, 2009 (4:33 pm)

    I believe you are correct B…if it had been a Porsche it would be at the bottom of Elliot Bay.

  • chris June 22, 2009 (5:19 pm)

    What’s the difference between ‘blogging’ and ‘reporting the news’? Especially when such item appears on a blog?

  • S June 22, 2009 (5:24 pm)

    “K”, I hope you are alright! Let me know how you are doing. I’m so sorry about your car.

    ~ your loving Aunt

  • A June 22, 2009 (7:13 pm)

    It was not a Porsche, it was a Z.

    I too am glad no one was seriously injured or hurt.
    As for Banning Sports cars on Harbor Ave. or Alki, I can see how it might seem the sports cars are causing all the accidents and what not. However anybody driving any car can get into an accident or fender bender. Just because a sports car was involved does not mean it was the driver or that sports cars fault. People, no matter what type of vehicle they drive need to learn to pay attention and watch their speed. Cars are constantly speeding up and down Harbor Ave through Alki. Which isn’t a smart idea no matter what, but really especially durring the nicer weather when there are more people and vehicles on the road down there.

  • JJ June 22, 2009 (9:24 pm)

    Good place for a nice big speed bump (summer only)

  • A June 22, 2009 (11:01 pm)

    There is NOOOOOOO way you were only going 10 miles an hour?? If so that car is a piece and I would say No one is safe owning one. The proof is in that pudding DARLING!!

  • Gencorp June 23, 2009 (2:06 am)

    I disagree with 2 things posted. For one, I happen to own a sports car, and by far this is not a sports car, and second, though I don’t agree with a ban, i do have problem with inexperienced drivers, who perceive their cars as being high-performance race vehicles, driving at high rpm and/or speeding along straightaways. Traffic is already a large problem in WS, i am not harping on anyone, but please be cautious when speeding. I live in Redmond, and rarely see non-highway accidents.

    P.S. I agree with the WSB editor, no one “blogged”, just an update on why traffic was slow. And I guarantee this was not a 10-mph accident.

  • ScubaO2 June 23, 2009 (2:06 am)

    The Z looks like the one driven by the espresso person – I drive a G coupe (same chassis) so I feel for the owner! I hope everyone was alright… The Z might have been going 10mph and the other car may have been traveling at a higher rate of speed A? And I might add that living on Alki the worst culprits seem to be some motorcyclists (some of those riders are so careless), and some of the fast little import cars that sound like lawn-mowers (and ANYONE with loud bass, how classless and tacky).

  • A June 23, 2009 (7:49 am)

    Since there are two “A”‘s posting on this. I am the first A that posted. And feel the need to mention a few other things, since there have been more posts since mine.
    This obviously was a TWO car accident. The Z could have been going 10 MPH and under while the other driver was speeding. Which would end in the result of that pretty little mess that was made of the Z. Again just because it is a “sports car” has a manual transmission with 5 or 6 speeds (like the Z has) does not automatically make it the cause of the accident.

    Its nice to know how quick some people are to judge and point the finger at some one with out having all the facts if any at all.

  • AB June 23, 2009 (12:59 pm)

    My 2 cents

    If news appears on a blog, does that not automatically make it a blog posting? A news blog posting that someone was compelled to post?

    A Z car has been and will always be a sports car. Ask the insurance company.

  • WSB June 23, 2009 (2:03 pm)

    Since you asked … This is a news site that publishes in blog format … “blog” is only in our name because that’s how the site started … and we only use “blog” in reference to its format. Akin to “newspaper.” It’s the publishing platform. It doesn’t describe what we do in any other way.
    We use as little of the “blog” terminology as possible (posting, etc.) because it’s been so devalued by people thinking that “blogs” are amateur websites full of opinion, personal stories, etc., that we need to make it clear, this is a professional, commercial, journalist-run news/discussion site.
    We publish news. We publish stories, articles, items, reports, etc. And we NEVER use “blog” as a verb, nor do we use “blogger” as a noun. I don’t believe anyone should. It’s writing – and if you publish writing, whether online or offline, you’re a writer and/or a publisher. If you are commenting, you are a commenter. (We don’t like the term “reader” either since so many people truly participate in this site, by commenting, by sending photos, story tips, first-hand accounts, etc. – often we augment those with our own reporting, as in this case.)
    To help clarify things for people, we evangelize more clearly describing who’s writing and what kind of a site they’re writing – news? Personal diaries? Advocacy? Humor? Sports? Or?
    As for the sports car, will take your word for that … I lost my ability to recognize cars at 100 paces way back around 1980.

  • Gencorp June 23, 2009 (2:46 pm)

    I did not know insurance companies determined which was which…interesting, well, If i would have known that my f360 was in the same class, I would have saved 250K and purchased a red Nissan Altima Coupe. No way can you compare a Ferrari to a Nissan or any other Japanese coupe. Your going to tick off a lot of Porsche, Maserati, Ferrari and Lamborghini owners saying that a Nissan Z is a true sports car.

  • A June 24, 2009 (4:45 am)

    Get over yourself, Gencorp.

  • ScubaO2 June 24, 2009 (5:03 pm)

    Gencorp you give money a bad name, you’re classless. Another grossly over-egotistical guy on here with a tacky black Porsche was bragging about how ‘awesome’ his car was, in reality it was really a mess. It’s sad to see a report of an accident turn into a pathetic debate about ‘the definition of a sports car’, and people bragging about owning low-end Ferraris. My friends who own high-end autos don’t ever feel the need to brag, they have taste. You’ll never be able to buy class =(

  • Gencorp June 24, 2009 (7:07 pm)

    When you have money, you have that option (to be wealthy and classless or just wealthy). I guess your only option is to tell me about how your friend or friends have high end cars. Better yet, you can keep the class, and Ill keep my fortune. No matter how low-end “my” ferrari is, it can never be as low-end as a car that shares the same engine as an Altima, Pathfinder, Maxima, FX35, Murano, Quest and QX4. Ha, go figure.

  • WSB June 24, 2009 (7:25 pm)

    Comments closed when it devolves into back-n-forth sniping, and I probably should have closed ’em sooner.

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