UPDATE: Crash at Highland Park Way/2nd SW

(Photo sent by Al)

5:41 PM: We’re on our way to Highland Park Way/2nd SW [map] to check on a crash that has drawn a big Seattle Fire “automobile rescue” dispatch. That’s east of West Marginal Way and most likely to affect traffic headed toward the 1st Avenue South Bridge-bound onramp near the transfer station. More when we get there.

5:51 PM: Eastbound traffic on Highland Park Way, and southbound on West Marginal Way, both at near-standstills as we attempt to get to the crash scene.

(Added: Photo tweeted by SFD)

Via scanner, we heard a few minutes ago that SFD had extricated two people, but we still have no other details on the circumstances. Police are heading back up the Highland Park Way hill so you might be facing traffic closures.

6:01 PM: We’ve gotten closer and can now see that HP Way is closed both ways just west of the 509/1st Avenue S. Bridge approach overpass. Al has sent a photo that we’re adding atop the story, while our photographer sees how close he can get on foot to try to get more information. Again, avoid Highland Park Way east of the hill TFN.

(WSB photo)

6:12 PM: Our photographer just spoke with SFD/SPD at the scene. It’s a three-vehicle collision. The two people who had to be cut out of the car on the left in our top photo were taken to the hospital but neither had life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other car involved was checked out but did not need to be hospitalized. And the truck driver is OK. Police hope to clear the vehicles from the scene before too long.

5 Replies to "UPDATE: Crash at Highland Park Way/2nd SW"

  • SJ2 November 30, 2016 (5:56 pm)

    I’ve been stuck in the traffic for a while. I am right at the light at 2nd and highland park way. They aren’t letting traffic through. 

  • Trickycoolj November 30, 2016 (5:58 pm)

    There’s a box truck diagonal across all lanes. Ambulance just left. Tow truck arrived. Tons of SFD. West Bound from 599 is stopped as far as I can see. Just got turned around and I’m parked by the garbage transfer station trying to route plan home. 509 is bumper to bumper up the Roxbury exit. Starting to think I should go back to work. 

  • Elbh November 30, 2016 (6:04 pm)

    Have been stopped under 1st ave bridge just after 2nd Ave light SB for over an hour. Watched several emergency vehicles come. Tow truck arrived few mins ago

  • Trickycoolj November 30, 2016 (6:13 pm)

    If you’re coming from the south and get turned away get off 599 at the Garbage Dump exit, and follow the arterial to the left south along 599. It comes out on Cloverdale in South Park by the school bus Barn. Take Cloverdale towards the Olson/Roxbury hill but turn right on 1st and it will take you back to West Marginal and Highland Park Way to get up the hill. No traffic on 1st!! 

  • JanS November 30, 2016 (7:03 pm)

    I am always totally amazed when I see cars this damaged, that people made it out of these accidents not seriously injured or deceased…

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