UPDATE: Driver/rider collision at California/Brandon, 1 hurt

5:40 PM: A collision between a driver and motorcycle rider has California closed at Brandon. No info on injuries yet.

5:46 PM: The two-wheeled vehicle involved is actually a scooter, our crew says. The man who was riding it will be taken to the hospital but is not believed to have major injuries; he is alert and conscious. The car driver is reported to be unhurt. Because no one has life-threatening injuries, the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad will not be dispatched, and the scene is likely to clear within an hour.

5:49 PM: Southbound California has just been reopened; northbound remains blocked at the scene.

5:59 PM: Northbound California has now reopened too.

10 Replies to "UPDATE: Driver/rider collision at California/Brandon, 1 hurt"

  • Deb July 28, 2017 (5:44 pm)

    Per Metro text- Buses rerouted off of California onto Fauntleroy at Edmonds. 

    • WSB July 28, 2017 (5:53 pm)

      That might already have changed because the alert was before they reopened southbound – Patrick has been at the scene and reported the reopening. SB is where the buses had been waiting. NB probably won’t be closed much longer.

      • WSB July 28, 2017 (5:56 pm)

        … and the advisory saying “buses have resumed their regular route” just arrived. Patrick had been headed back to HQ but will circle back around to see if that means they’ve reopened the other direction too.

        • Chrysta July 28, 2017 (5:59 pm)

          It is open both directions. 

  • Kravitz July 28, 2017 (6:11 pm)

    Not sure who wast going which direction or what may have caused the accident, but just this morning I was talking with a neighbor and bus-rider about how difficult it’s become to turn left (northbound) onto California Avenue from Brandon due to people parking too close to the stop sign (next to Out West), and the frenzied parking during the summer months outside of West Seattle Nursery. It’s so hard to see when people park on those corners – I don’t drive that route any more to get off of my block. Same goes for Findlay due to people parking to take the C-line. It’s only a matter of time before someone really gets hurt. I’m glad everyone in this incident is not seriously injured.

    • chemist July 28, 2017 (7:11 pm)

      Maybe some yellow curb paint to highlight the 30 ft setback from the stop sign/20 ft setback from the crosswalk would help ? And/or enforcement of those parking setbacks.

    • Meyer July 29, 2017 (11:22 am)

      I’ve noticed this everywhere along California. Where I pull out on Holly, cars park so close on Holly and on California that I simply can’t see anything. I always wind up taking Fauntleroy so I can hit the traffic light.

      We definitely need to have curbs painted and disallow cars from parking too close from those intersections

  • Mark July 29, 2017 (11:31 am)

    Restricting parking on arterials at intersections is needed.  Especially large trucks, vans and SUV’s that significantly affect sight lines.  Whereas a small car like a Honda Civic while affecting the sight line does not create the same safety issue that large Trucks, Vans and SUV’s present.  

  • Mark July 29, 2017 (11:38 am)

    And maybe assign some liability to motorists who park in a manner that significantly affects sight lines.  A Honda Civic parked near an intersection does not create the same affect that say a Ford F150 pick up does.  

  • WSREZ July 29, 2017 (1:39 pm)

    Agree with all of the above about parking too close. I wish drivers thought about these sorts of things when they park. No common sense or common courtesy anymore I guess. Police could do a better job of enforcing it but I feel like if they ticketed or towed a vehicle, someone would just park there minutes later.

    Maybe call the non emergency number to get parking enforcement to come to the location? Something needs to change but I’m not sure what the best way is to address this problem. I have had mixed results dealing with the city in various ways.

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