UPDATE: Delridge blocked after driver crashes stolen car into pole

(Added: WSB photo)

5:27 PM: Thanks for the tips. SDOT says there’s a crash at Delridge/Findlay; we have reports that Delridge is blocked further north, at Hudson. One report is a possible driver-vs.-pole crash – on our way to check. Avoid tbat section of Delridge in the meantime.

5:50 PM: Delridge is blocked north of Brandon.

6:10 PM: The crash is by the P-Patch. Closure starts at Hudson. SPD tells us the car was stolen; the driver is not seriously hurt, and is in custody. Adding photo. They’re awaiting City Light to deal with the pole, so this might be closed a while.

7:43 PM: As noted in a comment below, Delridge is still closed. Metro also is continuing to reroute the 120 off Delridge between Oregon and Orchard.

8:35 PM: City Light is there now – a reader texted this photo (thank you!):

By the way, this isn’t the first driver-vs.-pole crash SCL had to deal with today/tonight – on Capitol Hill, a crash is reported to have taken out TWO, and caused an outage (which this did not).

1:03 AM: Metro has texted/tweeted that the 120 is back to its normal Delridge routing, which means the road has reopened.

8 Replies to "UPDATE: Delridge blocked after driver crashes stolen car into pole"

  • Henrydpainter December 8, 2020 (7:42 pm)

    7:30  is till  closed  , it was  a mess going trough Delride  since  most  of  street are closed for construction 😢

    • Carmel December 8, 2020 (8:20 pm)

      I know right?  They have you turn onto a dead end and another dead end if you are trying to go north. you have to back track to get on 21st and there is 3 city trucks working on something at 21st and Oregon…….i asked why delridge was closed and they didn’t know that it was… This was at 7:30 pm… Wth is taking so long??  We need a sense of urgency in West Seattle with the bridge emergency.   My ice cream melted:(  SDOT doesn’t communicate…., we need an overhaul and accountability)

      • WSB December 8, 2020 (8:24 pm)

        City Light is on scene now – I’m adding a photo texted to us. They also had to deal with a Capitol Hill driver-vs.-pole crash tonight, and that one, unlike this one, caused an outage. P.S. The utility crew up on Puget Ridge is working on this:

        • Patience December 9, 2020 (6:45 am)

          Carmel – The 3 “city trucks” you encountered on 21st & Oregon were part of the crew (utilities) that were working on a PLANNED water shutoff that impacted over 200 homes in our area from 6:00pm until midnight. This utility crew probably didn’t know about the crash as they were focused on  their own deadline that was inconveniencing over 200 households.Crashes/accidents happen – please don’t take your inconvenience/melting ice cream out on the crews that are doing their job. The utility crew had nothing to do with SDOT.

      • BBILL December 9, 2020 (10:03 am)

        “My ice cream melted:(  SDOT doesn’t communicate…., we need an overhaul and accountability)” Given the totality of the reporting, including the basic claim that the vehicle was stolen and there were multiple accidents in the city with utility poles, how can you suggest that SDOT is any way involved here with any of this?

  • AMD December 9, 2020 (7:13 am)

    Wow, reading the Capitol Hill story makes this one look like no big deal.  Glad no one was seriously hurt in either incident.

    • Alex S. December 9, 2020 (2:10 pm)

      Nobody was hurt this time – but since serial car thieves face zero legal or financial consequences in Seattle, the longer they live the more likely it is innocent people will be maimed or killed by them in the future.  Vehicular homicide is about the only thing that ever stops them. 

  • editrixie December 9, 2020 (10:32 am)

    So is this…is this the new flipped car? I don’t like it. Too many of these recently. Let’s go back to flipping cars, please.

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