UPDATE: Car-on-side crash at 20th/Trenton

5:35 PM: Seattle Fire is arriving at 20th/Trenton [map] for what was dispatched as a flipped-car crash. Two people are reported to be hurt. Avoid the area.

5:49 PM: Photo added. Our crew says no one is seriously hurt. (added) We’re told the driver was trying to navigate past the parked truck shown in the wider view of the scene, below:

The scene is actually on 20th.

22 Replies to "UPDATE: Car-on-side crash at 20th/Trenton"

  • CarDriver March 24, 2022 (6:46 pm)

    It’s a Jeep Wrangler. Not a car, an suv. Yes i know, picky-sorry. 

    • Ferns March 24, 2022 (9:49 pm)

      Thanks for the type – I was thinking to myself that this is a dangerous model Jeep of some type if it can’t handle a swerve! Maybe they were speeding? Still…

    • DAVID W DUDA March 26, 2022 (5:02 pm)

      chill out about what kind it is

  • Eddie March 24, 2022 (8:32 pm)

    “Navigate” or speed by?

  • Wow March 24, 2022 (9:09 pm)

    How did that old truck jump out to knock over that poor jeep. Start the recount for cars flipped in WS.

  • Tar N Feather March 24, 2022 (9:38 pm)

    Welp, guess we gotta knock that 25mph down to 15 now. 

  • bolo March 24, 2022 (10:26 pm)

    Before anyone starts blaming the driver, let me submit to you that it’s not their fault. Jeep Wrangler has been proven to roll easily after a frontal crash:

    “Here’s how to get your Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test rating downgraded in one easy step: Have the vehicle being tested roll over after striking the barrier, an uncommon—and unwelcome—outcome. Yikes. In a study in understatement and diplomatic wording, the IIHS dryly states that, ‘A vehicle tipping onto its side is not an acceptable outcome for a frontal crash and, as a result, the [2019 Jeep] Wrangler’s overall rating was downgraded to marginal.'”

    from https://www.motortrend.com/news/jeep-wrangler-jl-iihs-testing-rollover-video/

    • RickB March 25, 2022 (3:33 am)

      Seems like the Jeep is rubbish for safety, but I’ll blame the driver for not being able to safely “navigate past a parked (!) truck.”

    • Marcus March 25, 2022 (4:28 am)

      It is a residential road with parked cars and room for single passage, of course it is the drivers fault.  

    • Yeah but March 25, 2022 (6:49 am)

      Ok, it was easier to tip over after striking an object, but what about the initial impact? It sounds like the most likely cause of this accident was the Jeep driver striking a parked car.it should be noted that this accident happened a few feet from a traffic calming roundabout. I live on this corner and see people incorrectly using the obstacle. In some cases drivers use it to see how fast they can go around it

  • UncleTorvald March 25, 2022 (7:37 am)

    Wow, what an opportunity for a catalytic converter.  I mean it’s right there!  I’m surprised no one nabbed it.

  • Rick March 25, 2022 (8:55 am)

    Hey, I rolled a ’66 VW Bug onto it’s side in the front parking lot at Sealth in ’73. It’s not really that hard.

    • LongLost March 25, 2022 (10:49 am)

      Hey Rick, do you know the Gairn’s family they went to Sealth in that time frame?

      • Rick March 25, 2022 (11:22 am)

        Can’t say I do. Did graduate in ’74 (barely) but didn’t spend a lot of time there. Did know a couple of Gain’s though.

        • Longlost March 25, 2022 (8:38 pm)

          Same year I barely graduated too but from Evergreen! Did you total the VW or was it still drivable after that? LOL!

  • Beenthere March 25, 2022 (8:58 am)

    Of course the driver in a single car (a wheeled motor vehicle including SUVs) roll-over has to be suspect.  Regardless of what type of vehicle, the driver was not likely driving in a safe and responsible manner to need to swerve as described to miss a parked truck.  Barring the remote possibility of catastrophic equipment failure, the driver is responsible.   Just imagine trying to explain the rollover to your insurance investigator.

    • Bus Rider March 25, 2022 (9:49 am)

      I wonder if this person was taking a short cut through the side streets.  I’ve noticed more cars speeding on 20th, especially during the Delridge Rapid Ride construction.  The flat bed truck is pretty hard to miss.  It’s usually parked in the same area.  At one point it was for sale.  You get to know the cars in your neighborhood.  That being said, driving through an unknown neighborhood doesn’t warrant a flip.  Do people’s Nest cameras ever capture accidents like this? 

      • LN March 28, 2022 (2:41 pm)

        I live on 20th and the speeding problem has gotten so bad during/ after covid. I can hear cars speeding down the street from my window.  I personally think we need speed bumps since there’s a lot of people that walk around on 20th with their dogs and kids. 

  • South Delridge Gal March 25, 2022 (9:33 am)

    We walked past the accident right after it happened. The police officer said they were likely speeding. Especially since the bridge was closed, people speed through the residential neighborhood trying to avoid the main arterial to/from Highland Park Way or Delridge. Can’t wait for the bridge to reopen and/or city to install more speed bumps and speed limit signs. 

  • Heather March 25, 2022 (11:49 am)

    Its like cars come to WS to roll over and take naps.  Such a strange phenomenon. 

  • tom March 25, 2022 (12:46 pm)

    driver of a wrangler in Seattle for 25 years…they do NOT just flip over even though the shape makes it seem likely and test crashing is poor.  Speed is absolutely in play here.

  • Tim Zen March 27, 2022 (4:12 pm)

    Unusual the catalytic converter is still on the Jeep. 

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