UPDATE: Driver arrested after wrong-way crash closes NB I-5 ramp to West Seattle Bridge

10:25 PM: If you know someone who has to head this way soon from points south, note that the ramp from northbound I-5 to the westbound West Seattle Bridge is blocked right now. The crash is described on the scanner as “near-head-on”; we don’t know for sure if it’s related but just a few moments earlier we had heard police dispatched to check out a report that someone was driving eastbound on the westbound side of the bridge.

ADDED: From the State Patrol via Twitter:

1:50 PM UPDATE: The 28-year-old woman who is reported to have been driving the wrong way is in King County Jail, after being treated at Harborview. WSP says two other vehicles were involved – a Prius that collided with the suspect’s Civic, injuring the 27-year-old Kent woman who was driving, and an Altima whose driver swerved into the barrier to avoid hitting the wrong-way driver. He wasn’t hurt, per the WSP, nor were passengers in his car and the Prius.

9 Replies to "UPDATE: Driver arrested after wrong-way crash closes NB I-5 ramp to West Seattle Bridge"

  • Alki resident December 3, 2018 (11:10 pm)

    What a scary visual. I hope everyone is ok. 

  • Craig December 4, 2018 (7:45 am)

    That’s so terrifying. I can’t imagine someone being so unaware, drunk, as to drive the wrong way onto a road like that. 

    • Mike Lindblom December 4, 2018 (2:28 pm)

      It would be fairly simple for a confused or impaired person (or bad app?) driving up the new 1st Avenue South ramp to turn left and trap all the oncoming traffic westbound.  Wrong-way collisions happen all over the state, so let’s all be vigilant. 

  • Rick December 4, 2018 (9:16 am)

    It’s the nature of the beast.

  • Jack Brown December 4, 2018 (5:09 pm)

    I was the person who called in the wrong way driver last night.. Nearly hit me head on after merging onto the bridge from i5.. so scary. Prayers for everyone involved. 

    • Lisab December 4, 2018 (6:30 pm)

      Glad you’re ok and other driver!  The driver deserves no good wishes, just jail.

      • Beckyjo December 5, 2018 (9:38 am)

        Alcoholism is an illness.. I hope the person gets the help they need. 

  • CarDriver December 5, 2018 (10:17 am)

    Their help should come after jail. Hopefully the other drivers will find out, and sue whomever gave him the alcohol. They are just as guilty.

    • WSB December 5, 2018 (10:39 pm)

      As reported above, the arrested driver is a woman.

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