TRAFFIC ALERT: Sylvan Way crash

8:31 PM Thanks for the texted tips and photo – another crash on Sylvan Way near Sylvan Heights. Sam reports, “Driver hit a tree and took the entire tree down, then went up the embankment and knocked down a fence, then landed upright wrapped around another tree.” SFD has cleared the scene, no medic unit dispatched, so apparently no major injuries. Sam says two people were in the car.

8:48 PM: Sam says traffic’s being allowed back through, as site cleanup continues.

10 Replies to "TRAFFIC ALERT: Sylvan Way crash"

  • LyndaB July 5, 2020 (11:26 pm)

    Is this by the same section where another driver took down the fence? That was this year, too!

    • Julia July 6, 2020 (8:37 am)

      Yup, that other one was just up the road from this. Drive safe, people! It’s a steep, windy road. 

    • Dunno July 7, 2020 (6:23 am)

      Wow, 25 mph can do that, I say lower the limit to 15 to save people from themselves!

  • ES July 6, 2020 (8:28 am)

    Yes, I live in this complex and this is the second tree and portion of our fence that has been taken down by a driver in the past few months.

  • Joan July 6, 2020 (10:06 am)

    There’s no excuse for this to  happen! Slow down people and respect the curves!

  • Jort July 6, 2020 (1:29 pm)

    Further evidence that forceful, mandatory design changes need to take place in order to make our streets safer. It is long past time that we force automobile owners to place speed limiting devices on their cars that prevent them from exceeding the speed limit in Seattle. The technology exists and should be made mandatory; those that attempt to skirt the regulations should face serious prison time as well as a permanent and unappealable revocation of the driving privilege. 

    • waikikigirl July 6, 2020 (5:32 pm)


    • Curt July 6, 2020 (9:01 pm)

      How about we let the Police do what we pay them for and actually police traffic? People driving for blocks up center lanes is a far bigger issue around here than doing the old speed limit. Every light added, every pointless traffic barrier added, or revision or detour is causing these D -bags to get increasingly impatient. Mandatory speed limiters…maybe we should install cameras on every corner and ankle bracelets on every leg too?

  • Craig B. July 6, 2020 (4:46 pm)

    This accident happened right outside my townhome. The car snapped an 8″ diameter tree at its base and ultimately destroyed a good length of fence….. approximately 140 feet of impact and 20 feet of fence. Traffic was slow for a few minutes but, before the police and response vehicles left, cars were speeding by again at well over the posted speed limit. In addition to the police presence, there were many onlookers on both sides of the street but that apparently gave no indication that drivers should slow down. Sylvan Way eastbound is a two lane downgrade with significant blind curves! With drivers taking this at 45 mph or more, it is only a matter of time before there is a fatal crash. I doubt you want to be that person and I don’t particularly want to see you that way. Slow down and… may the odds be ever in your favor!

  • David B. July 6, 2020 (8:21 pm)

    Folks, this falls on the back of SDOT.  It doesn’t take someone with a Traffic Management degree to realize that Sylvan has/had speeding issues even prior to the bridge closure.  Unfortunately it appears not a single person at SDOT cares (or worse yet is allowed to care) about this VERY dangerous situation.  Sylvan between the cemetery and Home Depot should be cordoned off as a road construction site with cones.  25mph at best going down the hill. Unfortunately what is needed is someone at SDOT that’s allowed to think outside the box when it comes to these situations.  But I don’t see it happening.  Everyone there is on the hot seat with the bridge and First Avenue streetcar situations and I don’t think anyone there wants to suggest anything that doesn’t fit exactly in the cookie cutter way of thinking.Try getting out onto Sylvan from the High Point/Holly intersection at the cemetery….good luck.  Oh yeah, if the kids to get to go back to the classroom in September , there’s an elementary school right there….good luck again….come SDOT, come up with a plan.  Show the citizens of Seattle you can be proactive !!

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