UPDATE: Vehicle goes sideways after Admiral/Lander collision; no one hurt

(WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)

5:26 PM: Seattle Fire is arriving at a “heavy rescue” call at Admiral and Lander [map] and is reporting that it’s an overturned vehicle. Avoid the area. More to come.

5:34 PM: Our crew has just arrived. Photo added.

5:38 PM: Our crew reports no one is hurt. Seattle Fire just left. A tow truck is awaited.

(Added: Photo by Dennis Rossignol)

5:46 PM: Our crew confirms what commenter Kristine reports, that a second vehicle is involved. That one was some distance down the hill, so it’s not in the photo, and does not appear seriously damaged, our crew says. Traffic is getting through.

21 Replies to "UPDATE: Vehicle goes sideways after Admiral/Lander collision; no one hurt"

  • MrsB September 14, 2017 (5:31 pm)

    I’ve lived at that intersection for 18 years and that was the loudest crash I’ve heard.  The driver of the car on its side climbed out and walked away.

  • Kristine Duncan September 14, 2017 (5:37 pm)

    Just came through there. The accident is just west of Lander. One lane on Admiral was open eastbound. Lander is open. It looked like at least two cars were involved, one on its side. I was able to turn down Lander from Admiral. I’m sure traffic has really backed up by now. 

    • WSB September 14, 2017 (5:39 pm)

      Thanks. Nobody hurt, our crew reports, and SFD has left, so they’re just awaiting a tow truck.

  • Just Another Alki Beach Bum September 14, 2017 (5:53 pm)

    Both lanes are open now. Backup will likely begin again for a bit when the tow truck arrives. Very happy no one was injured.

    • WSB September 14, 2017 (6:07 pm)

      Thank you all for the updates.

  • Mark September 14, 2017 (6:10 pm)

    Good no one was hurt this time.  

    SDoT removed the safety two way left turn lane that if they had left it in place this incident may have not happened.  TWLTL’s are significant safety element and for SDoT to remove them is short sighted and reduces safety.

  • NorthOfAdmiral September 14, 2017 (8:16 pm)

    Thank goodness no poles were hurt this time. 

    • WSB September 14, 2017 (8:39 pm)

      And better yet, no people were hurt.

  • Don Brubeck September 14, 2017 (9:25 pm)

    Mark, you are so funny!   This is right where there’s a 20 mph warning sign for the curve ignored by so many people going 40 mph. There’s a shiny guardrail that got regularly replaced, along with the neighbor’s fence, because of people crashing into it before the recent changes.  There were over 70 car crashes on this west side of Admiral Way between 2011 and 2014.  Would be safer if drivers would just slow down and focus on driving. 

    • alki_2008 September 14, 2017 (11:39 pm)

      What?  70!!!

      I find that hard to believe.  Please provide your source for that  Been here since before 2011 and haven’t seen anywhere near that many accidents at that corner.

      • WSB September 14, 2017 (11:53 pm)

        Don didn’t say that *corner*. I believe the stats he’s referring to are the ones from near the end of this presentation from one of the 2015 meetings related to the Admiral Way project.


        • alki_2008 September 15, 2017 (2:40 pm)

          Thanks WSB for noting that in a more polite way than BRIAN CONNOLLY did in his response to MARK below.

          I think it was the “this west side” that made me think DON was referring to the more immediate location of the recent incident.

  • Mark September 14, 2017 (10:37 pm)


    I would like to see the data, 70 incidents in a 3 year time period at this location, Lander at Admiral, is not likely.  SDoT has records and so does  WSDOT.  You willing to wager the cost of a lunch on this?


    • Brian Connolly September 15, 2017 (12:28 am)

      This is a sick own until you factor in that he immediately followed up the “70 incidents” statistic with the words “west side of Admiral Way” which could include any number of intersections in addition to the intersection where this incident occurred. Maybe we should instead make a wager on when you’ll learn to comprehend words written using basic sentence structure?

  • Kathy September 15, 2017 (8:36 am)

    Did anyone witness it as it happened? Was it about crossing the centerline to try to get around the bus, or a car entering from Lander to Admiral? I am very glad the car occupants were lucky enough to walk away this time, and I hope whoever was at fault exercises more patience and caution in the future.

  • Mark September 15, 2017 (9:16 am)


    From the SDoT data there were 3 incidents recorded at this location between 2011 to 2014.  

    Don’s reference appears to be for the approximate mile long stretch of Admiral Way west of California.


  • Don Brubeck September 15, 2017 (12:01 pm)

    Yes.  And Mark, I would be willing to bet that the crash statistics for the three years after the Admiral Way safety project is completed will be lower than for 2011-2014.

  • Mark September 15, 2017 (4:53 pm)


    Your on, 2018 to 2020 comparison years to the before 2011 to 2014 data. Lunch at a restaurant in Admiral District.


  • what September 15, 2017 (9:31 pm)

    Is it weird to anyone else that cars in West Seattle end up on their sides so often? I have lived in other parts of Seattle and in other cities and I have never seen so many reports like this. Are we the Bermuda Triangle for car flipping? 

    • WSB September 15, 2017 (9:36 pm)

      There are flipped cars elsewhere in the city. But most neighborhoods don’t have a publication covering breaking news. And really, it’s not that many … this is the first in some time!

  • John September 15, 2017 (9:51 pm)

    Just a note for your comparison.  That part of Admiral kept its center turn lane. Cars turning up the hill from lander have the same center turn lane, as do cars coming down the hill turning onto 53rd. 

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