Car catches fire after driver hits pole

Thanks to SF for the photo. That car caught fire at 42nd/Charlestown after the driver hit a pole. Apparently no serious injuries – no medic unit was sent. Radio communication indicated the driver got out OK. No other details.

12 Replies to "Car catches fire after driver hits pole"

  • Ds June 21, 2020 (1:33 am)

    I saw thedriver take a field sobriety test. Then a few minutes later he was placed in cuffs and tried to resist. Cops got him into the police car but it was rocking.

  • heartless June 21, 2020 (7:05 am)

    Yikes.  At least it didn’t flip over?  Glad the driver got out ok.

    • Carole June 21, 2020 (6:50 pm)

      Maybe he was distracted by the dude walking down California near Charleston loudly dragging someone’s big blue recycle bin with the 6 ft ladder sticking out of it. 

    • Frog June 21, 2020 (8:00 pm)

      I bet his insurance goes up.

  • Chemist June 21, 2020 (10:18 am)

    Same block two hours later had a DUI callout.

    Beat:W2, DRIVING WHILE UNDER INFLUENCE (DUI) at 37XX BLOCK OF 42 AV SW reported on 6/21/2020 4:16 AM, Call# 20000192872

    • WSB June 21, 2020 (12:08 pm)

      That would almost certainly be this instance. TBB timestamps are usually lagged reflecting when a report was filed (if one was filed), not the incident time.

  • Railroaded June 21, 2020 (11:08 am)

    Is Godzilla at the top of the steep hill breathing fire without a mask?

  • Neighbor June 21, 2020 (3:30 pm)

    My mom heard what was probably this car zoom by last night. I’m surprised this hasn’t happened sooner. I live near the water tower and people go by way too fast, in every direction. Severely reckless driving is a daily problem here, and pretty much everywhere else I go in West Seattle. I sometimes work late and take Charlestown to get home, and if I had been earlier, I could have been killed. I’m not sure what can really be done about this with how short police are, but there’s never any enforcement in this area. I’m especially worried about my neighbors and their children who are lucky not to be killed by these people.

  • QSpace June 21, 2020 (5:14 pm)

    It’s a good thing we have that traffic circle right where the accident occurred.  Indeed that may have been the cause of the accident but if so, it would have stopped the person from going even faster and flying out into California.  We live right on California Ave and it’s a drag racing street at night.  The best way to slow it down would be to install cameras that issue tickets automatically. No need for police. You would see a 95% drop in activity.

    • m June 21, 2020 (7:59 pm)

      A few days ago heading North on 35th, was overtaken in the center turn lane by an SUV followed by a Sedan, both going at least 60mph. They continued to overtake and pass other vehicles ahead of me.  This kind of crap could be totally prevented with speed cams that are designed soley to catch the most egregious violators.   

    • WiseWoman June 23, 2020 (10:07 am)

      You would just move the problem to Andover or another street. Because drivers would switch their route to a different street with no cameras.

  • Florence Kay Fiddler-Lovell June 23, 2020 (11:48 am)

    I am sending the video I have, which is blurry for details but can see the speed and all that, to the folks that live in the house. If anyone knows the driver of the car, or his grandmother who came there, please let them know I have video if they need it.

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