UPDATE: Junction crash takes out mailbox

7:07 PM: Avoid 42nd/Alaska for a while. SFD and SPD have responded to a crash; one car is up on the sidewalk by the Jefferson Square sign. The driver wasn’t hurt but knocked over the USPS mailbox. The scene will clear after the car’s towed.

7:29 PM: SFD has cleared from the scene but the traffic camera shows police are still directing traffic.

7:59 PM: Scene’s now clear.

23 Replies to "UPDATE: Junction crash takes out mailbox"

  • Alki resident July 26, 2020 (7:43 pm)

    Keeping tradition alive

  • Eagles Watch July 26, 2020 (7:43 pm)


  • wendell July 26, 2020 (8:07 pm)

    That intersection has been made more dangerous ever since the northbound left lane was changed, and the right lane made into a free right – there have been a lot of close calls.

  • Eddie July 26, 2020 (8:17 pm)

    my money says the mailbox won’t get replaced until sometime in 2021.

  • KBear July 26, 2020 (8:22 pm)

    Whelp. It’ll be a few years til we can fix this because nothing like this has ever happened before and it’s not like we have any spare mailboxes lying around. Heck, we don’t even know where to order one from. Sorry for the inconvenience. We’ve closed our lobby after hours to serve you better. Don’t try to call us—our phone number is secret! Thank you for our service —USPS

    • John July 26, 2020 (9:37 pm)

      That’s odd. The one at 63rd and Hinds was hit 6 months ago and it hasn’t been replaced. Perhaps you don’t want to find a replacement.I’ve been able to call your post office and you guys were extremely helpful. I think the secret is out.

      • Forest July 26, 2020 (11:38 pm)

        There used to a mid-block public mailbox on the east sidewalk of the Safeway block in the Admiral business district. I walked past it about twice a week, so presumably would have noticed if it had been knocked over. In any case, one day it was gone and I called the West Seattle post office to ask about it. They told me the mailbox had been removed because a passing car had jumped the curb and knocked it over. It never was replaced.    

    • Pelicans July 27, 2020 (12:17 am)

      There was a mailbox actually stolen from a corner on Admiral Way near Belvidere several years ago. It was never found, as far as I know. But it was replaced not long after.BTW, the California Ave. PO lobby is closed at night to keep criminals from breaking into mail boxes and to keep people from sleeping/making a mess.

  • Duffy July 26, 2020 (8:24 pm)

    That’s called mailin’ it in.

  • CAM July 26, 2020 (8:57 pm)

    Well, July 2020 needed to have its own drama so it’s squeaking in at the wire but this probably qualifies. 

  • Julia July 26, 2020 (10:22 pm)

    See? Mail-in voting isn’t reliable! Voter fraud!! Cancel the election!!!

  • Steeeeeve July 27, 2020 (12:21 am)

    Glad I didn’t put my letter in that one.

  • Lola July 27, 2020 (7:43 am)

    I thought for sure when I saw the picture of the mailbox on it’s side that it was the one from the Post Office.  Mail Boxes are even kind of scarce now.  You know it will take at least a year for them to replace this one if they even replace it.  

  • Sammy July 27, 2020 (7:53 am)

    Gather ’round and marvel at the wondrous technology of the ancients!  These blue boxes made of a substance called “me-tal” may have been used for religious rites or human sacrifices, say our historians.  They appear to have been designed to attract travellers.  How did the people of old create these marvelous constructions?  The science of today is unable to craft them so there’s no way to know.

  • Joan July 27, 2020 (8:22 am)

    Our poor mailboxes just can’t get a break. No pun intended. 

  • Eagles Watch July 27, 2020 (9:49 am)

    From Eagles Watch… 

  • anonyme July 27, 2020 (10:08 am)

    Mailboxes are few and far between and carriers (in Arbor Heights, at least) do not pick up outgoing mail.  This means that mailing a letter, business or otherwise, necessitates a drive to the Post Office.  This goes a bit beyond inconvenient, especially if you don’t drive.  And yet the USPS whines about not having enough money.  Here’s a thought: instead of providing freebies to mass mailers, just charge a reasonable price to everyone and reasonable access/service to go along with it.  And don’t support sports teams.

    • Math teacher July 27, 2020 (11:45 am)

      Why not support sports teams? What’s the connection?

      • Jeff July 27, 2020 (12:41 pm)

        Maybe the cycling team 15+ years ago?    I don’t disagree, but it doesn’t seem like a very timely complaint. 

    • Kathy July 27, 2020 (2:22 pm)

      Anonyme, I guess you should run for US Congress where our “best and brightest” minds are having trouble figuring out how to keep the US Post Office alive.Not to be a stick in the mud, but the first thing that comes to my mind in stories like these is not the usual round of jokes, but thank goodness it wasn’t a living creature they hit. And how do people do such stupid stuff? Don’t they know any time they are behind the wheel of a car they are driving a potential weapon and should be careful with it?By the way, I never read a news story that the mailbox at 63rd Ave SW and SW Hinds got hit by a car. I thought I heard they just removed it to eliminate workload.

  • Stevie J July 27, 2020 (11:06 am)

    These drivers are out of control! If we can’t trust them not to drive on the sidewalk and damage federal property, we should reengineer the roads so they can’t drive so fast, and remove their access to many other roads. 

  • TK July 28, 2020 (10:35 am)

     Oh no R2-D2! Are you okay?

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