TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash blocking southbound Fauntleroy Way

If you’re headed toward the Fauntleroy ferry dock (or beyond) from points north any time soon, take note that southbound Fauntleroy Way is blocked in the 7100 block, by The Kenney (WSB sponsor), after what looks like a two-car crash. No serious injuries and so Engine 37 is getting ready to leave, but we’re not sure how long it’ll take before the crashed vehicles are cleared.

5 Replies to "TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash blocking southbound Fauntleroy Way "

  • cluelessinws October 26, 2015 (12:39 pm)

    Definitely appreciate the heads up. But, sad to see we basically average a crash a day. Didn’t used to be like this.. Density, woo hoo!
    I’m sure distracted driving (mobile devices) are a big reason but this area was laid out for single family homes for the most part. Keeping the residential streets the same while significantly increasing capacity in a short time frame is a recipe for disaster not to mention, a disaster for resources like schools. Why are schools overcrowded? Why so many accidents at uncontrolled intersections? Gee, have no idea! :D

    • WSB October 26, 2015 (12:53 pm)

      We average more than one crash a day and it’s been that way for a long time – you can look many years into the records. We just don’t get to report them all. In this case, we happened to be nearby, and it was blocking an arterial. – TR

  • Rich October 26, 2015 (5:31 pm)

    Traffic density is certainly an issue in West Seattle, as are distractions from mobile devices, but respectfully, that wasn’t the issue here. Inattentive driving and obstacles were. The traffic was light at the time.

    It was my wife that was involved in this accident today. She was travelling southbound on Fauntleroy when the white car in the picture pulled out in front of her attempting a left hand turn from the Kenney’s driveway. The young driver in the other car claimed to not see her coming, and for what it’s worth, I believe her. You’ll see in the picture above, behind the fire rescue team, a car parked in a red no parking zone. This car, and two others, where parked illegally, blocking the sightlines to oncoming traffic. If you drive by the site now, you’ll see traffic cones have been placed in the street.

    The young and inexperienced driver didn’t take the time to clear for oncoming traffic, and has ultimate responsibility, but it was the selfish people that parked where they shouldn’t have that are culpable. I believe their cars were impounded, which seems reasonable to me.

    We are thankful nobody was seriously hurt. The young lady’s car (her boyfriend’s mother’s car, actually) appears totalled and our car has extensive damage… and all because some people decided certain parking restrictions didn’t apply to them.

    • WSB October 26, 2015 (5:36 pm)

      Sorry to hear this. Info is usually hard to get in the early stages of incidents, when we tend to show up, but we didn’t hear of any serious injuries, so I at least hope that was indeed the case.

  • chemist October 26, 2015 (8:52 pm)

    Glad to hear everyone is doing OK Rich. Google maps indicates that area between the loading/unloading turn-out has converted from “no parking” red curb the full length to approximately two spaces of parking, somewhere between 2008 and 2011. It certainly seems like it would be safer to be “no parking” there though. (interestingly, you can see a similar dark grey/blue Hyundai SUV in both 2014 shots)

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