UPDATE: 2 rescue responses for crashes on West Marginal Way SW

11:57 PM: A crash on West Marginal Way SW, near Puget Way, has led to a “rescue extrication” callout and closed WMW both ways. More info as we get it.

12:33 AM: The road has reopened. The crash was described as one car, one occupant, who had to be cut out of the car and was taken to a hospital.

2:30 AM: Now there’s another “rescue extrication” callout for West Marginal, this time in the 6300 block.

2:35 AM: This time, it was quickly downsized. … Southbound lanes are reported to be blocked.

2:55 AM: Two people are reported hurt in this crash. There’s early word it’s being looked at as a hit-run.

11:32 AM: Checking on the victims’ conditions from both crashes and will add that update when we get it. Meantime, here’s the initial SPD summary from the second crash:

A silver sedan was southbound in the 6300 block of W Marginal Wy SW, when it left the roadway and collided with a red sedan in an adjacent driveway. The elderly couple in the red sedan sustained substantial injuries. The unknown driver of the silver sedan fled on foot.

The subsequent search, involving a K9 team, was unsuccessful.

11:45 AM: Here are the victim updates, from SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley, with all three of these people in stable condition when taken to the hospital: In the first crash, a man in his early 30s, transported by SFD medic unit; in the second crash, a woman in her early 60s and a man in his late 60s, transported by private ambulance.

11 Replies to "UPDATE: 2 rescue responses for crashes on West Marginal Way SW"

  • Sandy December 31, 2020 (1:42 am)

    Like others have shared for years, speeding is a problem on this road, even during day. There’s general speeding and tailgating but then there’s egregious things like getting in the median and flooring it, kicking up rocks and sand too. I have let SPD know and so have others but there’s little to no traffic officers these days.

  • Jason December 31, 2020 (4:55 am)

    Speeding may be a problem on WMW, but going 40 on that road is NOT speeding.  The arbitrary and capricious lowering to 30 did not help anything… and probably didn’t matter in either of these accidents.  A speed limit (reasonable or not) doesn’t stop people from being irresponsible idiots.  

  • AN December 31, 2020 (6:49 am)

    In cases like this, when WMW is blocked, are people allowed to use the low bridge?

    • WSB December 31, 2020 (11:47 am)

      Not relevant in this case as the low bridge was open anyway but it’s an interesting question, will add to the list, whether they have the ability to for example flag the enforcement cameras if there’s a detour going on… P.S. Updates added above.

  • CarDriver December 31, 2020 (12:37 pm)

    Speeding and racing on WM was happening when i got my license in 1972. 

  • Mj December 31, 2020 (5:52 pm)

    Jason – you are correct.  I have requested a Traffic Study conducted by SDoT identifying any issue with 40 mph limit.  No such study exists, aka no Technical justification for the change

    • heartless December 31, 2020 (9:18 pm)

      Physics.  Physics is the technical justification.

  • 1994 January 1, 2021 (8:34 pm)

    Why is it that often the driver who has caused a collision is able to run away while the occupants of the car they hit are injured quite badly or even killed? I read this over and over again in the news. It seems very unfair that these drivers can escape rather unharmed when they have harmed others so badly.

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