UPDATE: ‘Rescue extrication’ response for car-on-side crash on Avalon Way

8:36 PM: Police and fire are responding to what’s reported to be a flipped-car crash in the 3000 block of SW Avalon Way. It was reported as an SUV car that flipped after hitting a parked car. Updates to come.

8:41 PM: SFD describes it as a vehicle on its side with one person trapped. Avalon is closed at the scene.

9:08 PM: Thanks to Sarah for the photo above. The person in the vehicle is out and being taken to hospital via AMR ambulance.

9:33 PM: We noted on arrival that the vehicle that went on its side is a commercial vehicle, marked for Signal Security. We’re following up with SFD regarding the victim’s condition.

9:56 PM: SFD says the 19-year-old driver was in stable condition when transported. Metro has sent an advisory saying bus service on Avalon is back to normal, which indicates the street has reopened.

19 Replies to "UPDATE: 'Rescue extrication' response for car-on-side crash on Avalon Way"

  • Ashley June 1, 2022 (9:56 am)

    Can anyone help trying to find information my car was one that was hit by vehicle. 

    • WSB June 1, 2022 (11:13 am)

      Hi, Ashley, sorry to hear that. Sarah, who contributed our first photo above and was on scene even before responders, sent us the incident # – 2022-138073 – so you can start by contacting SPD and saying you’re a victim in the incident and referring to that number. Usually if they can’t find the owner of a car damaged in an incident, they’ll leave a business card with that info … TR

      • Avalonian June 1, 2022 (7:39 pm)

        Ashley,Is yours the 2nd grey car that is still out there?I have an extra business card from the Security company management that came by. He was there and was trying to find the car owners impacted. I also saw the police take note of the license plates hit for the report.

        • Ashley June 2, 2022 (10:36 am)

          Yes I am the owner of other grey car still smashed,  that would be great I didn’t get a business card from security company, is the guy ok? Can I grab it from you or? Email a photo of details 

        • 2nd grey car June 2, 2022 (11:20 am)

          Yes I am please please any info you can share about driver qo up let me amazing I have heard nothing 

          • Avalonian June 2, 2022 (7:27 pm)

            Contact dwilson@teamsignal.com . They ticketed your car, if it the one I am thinking it is. Probably the 72 hr rule, or the angle.

  • Jeepney June 1, 2022 (9:59 am)

    The narrowing of Avalon in my humble opinion has made it a much more dangerous thoroughfare for cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles.  There is now minimum room for error, and cyclists and walkers are much closer to moving vehicles.  Bike lane should be separated by a concrete barrier, and cars should not be allowed to park on that street anymore.

    • NW June 1, 2022 (5:43 pm)

      Very dangerous roadway now agree completely if I ride my bike down or up it ride slow and on the sidewalk and I am a confident bike rider many many years all types of terrain. 

  • Ricardo June 1, 2022 (10:21 am)

    This is so sad to see. I drive down Avalon all the time and I always see parked cars that are smashed. I don’t know what it is about the new road design, or how to improve it, but the banking curve with car parking + bike lanes + rapid ride station + lanes becoming parking lanes on weekends that really make it prone to traffic accidents.I feel like it shouldn’t be the case for a newly designed road. Is this is vision zero design?

    • Concerned in West Seattle June 1, 2022 (12:15 pm)

      Yes it is. Vision zero mantra: make roads more dangerous and counterintuitive for everyone, so maybe-hopefully drivers will slow down after they smash into something or cause somebody to get hurt or killed. The reality? Accidents because roads are too narrow and speed differential has increased, road rage due to drivers who take it upon themselves to try to force others to slow down, and bicyclists who refuse to use the bike lanes because they’re inconvenient (or in some cases because they feel entitled).

      • CAM June 1, 2022 (4:23 pm)

        A. Not a cyclist because opinions like those espoused in your comment make me terrified to ever be one. 

        B. Vision Zero is not about zero accidents. It’s about zero deaths. 

        C. Do you have actual data to support anything you’ve said or are you just offering us a personal opinion based on your personal observations and feelings? 

        D. Cyclists are absolutely entitled to use the roadway even if you can’t get around them right away. 

      • Jort June 2, 2022 (11:46 am)

        If riding behind cyclists bothers you, then you should probably hang up the keys or sell the car. Cyclists can take the whole lane, bike lane or not, and drivers are officially, under state law, literally required to deal with it and stop crying.

      • KBear June 2, 2022 (5:04 pm)

        Jort is factually correct on this one, Concerned in West Seattle. Bicyclists don’t “feel entitled” to use any lane they choose. They actually ARE entitled. They are not required to use the bike lane, and they don’t owe you any justification for their choice.

      • Laughter in West Seattle June 2, 2022 (9:25 pm)

        Avalon Street, where cars are constantly parked in the bike lane, blocking bicyclists from being able to use the bike lane. Residents, delivery truck drivers, mail couriers and even police officers all park their cars in those bike lanes. Not to mention the garbage cans and construction companies who leave their supplies there too

      • bill June 2, 2022 (9:26 pm)

        The downhill bike lane is not inconvenient. It is unsafe. Drivers park illegally in the striped buffer zone. A passenger door suddenly thrown open blocks the entire lane. Correct parking is not enforced. Parking is allowed too close to the right-turn lane crossovers.

      • Concerned in West Seattle June 4, 2022 (8:20 am)

        Y’all calm down now, ya hear? Nowhere did it say I don’t give right of way to bicyclists. Simply stating what’s going on. Avalon was redesigned as a dangerous roadway, and Vision Zero is ridiculous in much of its implementation, in its egregious waste of money and road space, and in that it simply isn’t working. In fact, it has made things more dangerous in many cases that can easily be anecdotally determined from reading comments on this blog. Anecdotal evidence is also evidence even if you don’t like it. There’s anecdotal evidence speaking to what I’m saying right here in this very thread.

        • West Seattle Bike Dad June 4, 2022 (4:57 pm)

          Avalon is pretty much the best/only way for people to get from N. Delridge or the Spokane St Bridge up to the junction. We tried to fit too much in so now people behave dangerously, I agree. We need to get rid of the car lanes or the parking lanes and replace with a wider, safer bike lane. So I totally agree with you, Concerned. It’s too dangerous for cars to be on, it’s time to give up on that experiment. 

      • West Seattle Bike Dad June 4, 2022 (4:53 pm)

        I don’t know about “forcing other drivers to slow down” but I drive the speed limit and can’t tell you how many times on WMW or Fauntleroy that impatient arrogant unsafe drivers fly around me in the two way left turn lane. Unsafe speeding is the single thing most responsible for motor vehicle deaths, which topped 42,000 in this country last year, and yet I’m the one people are upset with? For reference, on WMW speeding doesn’t help you because you’ll aaaaalllllwwwaaaaayyyyysssss sit in line at the five way so your speeding to just sit still 🤷🏻‍♂️.Motorists need to read a dictionary. For any motorists who drive over the speed limit reading this, Limit is a noun meaning: a point or level beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass.

  • Estabon June 1, 2022 (8:36 pm)

    Avalon has been a magnet for smashed parked cars and accidents for 20+ years. Much longer than since the road has been redesigned. My guess now it’s West Seattle-ites in a tizzy because their bridge is broken. Just slow down people and stop trying to run over pedestrians in the crosswalks. Most of West Seattle is 25mph.

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