TRAFFIC ALERT: Flipped-car crash at Sylvan/Morgan

5:06 PM: Police have told dispatch they’re closing the intersection where Sylvan Way meets SW Morgan [map] because of a crash. SFD has responded too.

(Photo sent by Gary)

5:26 PM: We’ve just arrived in the area. Morgan/Sylvan is blocked right at Lanham. Two cars are involved, one flipped. That car’s driver is being taken to the hospital via AMR. Not life-threatening injuries.

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Lots of debris to clear from the street.

7:08 PM: We don’t have an update on the street – it should be open by now, though – but we do have an update on the person taken to the hospital – man in his mid-30s, in stable condition when transported, according to SFD.

21 Replies to "TRAFFIC ALERT: Flipped-car crash at Sylvan/Morgan"

  • NW June 19, 2022 (5:33 pm)

    Less than 2 hrs earlier this wreck in the triangle of west seattle. 

  • Seattle citizen June 19, 2022 (6:52 pm)

    Any idea how this happens on a street with a 25 mph speed limit in a neighborhood? 

    • Tom June 19, 2022 (7:20 pm)

      I’ve seen these happen at 30mph and under. SUVs (even smaller ones) have a higher center of gravity and when a smaller sedan hits it in the front or back quarter panels, especially if the SUV was in mid turn, it doesn’t take much to flip it over. Many examples like this one: https://youtu.be/ZlUnGbLhJXE

    • BeKind June 19, 2022 (7:26 pm)

      The mitsubishi sedan was driving from the beehive garden out to where it crash at high speed. I witness them driving wrecklessly out there until I heard a loud boom! 

    • The King June 19, 2022 (8:33 pm)

      There’s a lot of obstacles on our streets now with grass and trees planted in them that make it hard to see. SDOT has said it’s not in our budget, the city says it’s not in the budget. Well why do they keep planting these things everywhere if nobody is going to maintain them? There are big potholes, crumbling roads, lines that are faded and mostly gone, gigantic RV’s sticking out in the road, a newer obstacle I’ve noticed lately are those storage pods just sitting along side the main arterials and side streets. The find it fix it app needs to include the whole city. It’s broken 

      • Trickycoolj June 20, 2022 (9:34 pm)

        High Point residents pay to maintain it through their dues to the High Point Outdoor Space Association.  We’ve been maintaining the medians there for years since SDOT doesn’t.

    • Yup June 19, 2022 (9:56 pm)

      Because nobody drives 25 on that stretch of road and if you do,  you get tailgated or passed.  

    • heyalki June 20, 2022 (8:12 am)

      physics

  • Grumpy Old Man June 19, 2022 (7:47 pm)

    We live nearby. Possibly related – this afternoon a dark gray Range Rover spent at least a half hour speeding back and forth up 34th between Holly and Myrtle. Probably hitting at least 50MPH each time. Bouncing over the speed humps (it’s a “safe street” for what that’s worth). Driver and passenger hanging out the windows, taking video. The reckless speed was clearly the point. This stretch of road is adjacent to West Seattle Elementary, High Point Community Center, and the playground at Walt Hundley. Not to mention our homes. Lots of kids and dogs. I honestly expected this car to be included in the accident pics. It wasn’t, but the timing lines up so I wonder if they were somehow involved? Either way, I’m kind of at a loss when this sort of thing happens. There’s no roundabout at 34th and Willow, so it’s a rare two-block section where speeding is pretty frequent. Today’s was especially egregious. Only a matter of time before something bad happens. Doesn’t seem urgent enough to call 911. Don’t see the point in reporting to the non-emergency number. Can we request more severe speed bumps? Ask for a roundabout at the intersection? Do I just go out and shake my fist at them? 

    • km June 20, 2022 (7:11 am)

      We saw this car further south too, hitting high speeds in 20mph zones. Frankly, our brains are very broken in this nation when it comes to cars and traffic violence. USA! 

    • HS June 20, 2022 (8:17 am)

      You CAN request a speed bump or round-a-bout review and I believe that accidents and/or documented dangerous behavior can be included in your request.https://www.seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/programs/home-zone-program/traffic-calming

    • Yep June 20, 2022 (8:54 am)

      SDOT places traffic circles based on collision history. Probably wouldn’t hurt to send an email to the coordinator. https://www.seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/programs/home-zone-program/traffic-calming/traffic-circles

    • East Coast Cynic June 20, 2022 (9:40 am)

      Taking video???  Smells like they’re casing the block for some breaking and entering possibilities.  The video taking going up and down the block sounds suspicious enough to record the license plate and at the very least, make and online report to the SPD.

      • Km June 20, 2022 (4:55 pm)

        This is a wild assumption and distraction.

      • Grumpy June 20, 2022 (7:40 pm)

        Yeah they weren’t casing anything. Driving WAY too fast for that. But it might have been a good idea to get the license plate in case they hit something (or someone?) and lleft the scene.

    • skeeter June 20, 2022 (12:55 pm)

      Grumpy – please do call 911 when you see the dark gray range rover driving 50+ MPH on narrow roads in High Point with a 20 MPH speed limit.  I have already called 911 to report them.  A child is going to be killed – it’s just a matter of time.  

  • M June 19, 2022 (8:19 pm)

    There was also a car crash in front of Salty’s around 6:30 pm.  A brand new red convertible BMW. We didn’t see any temporary plates. Person may have been test driving the car. Front end was totally smashed in.

  • Hammer in Hand June 19, 2022 (10:08 pm)

    Reset the flipper counterit been what 2-3 days since the last one

  • pupsarebest June 20, 2022 (12:22 pm)

    I’ve heard the “high center of gravity” explanation for years. If true, it seems to me auto manufacturers would/should be required to address it with redesigned vehicles..
    Where’s Ralph Nader when ya need him? 🤔

    • George M June 20, 2022 (4:16 pm)

      They won’t address it though, not when big SUVs rake in the dollars for them. No slightly wider wheel-base to make up for it. No smaller cars *Remember most manufacturers stopped selling small cars in the US because apparently we want pick-up trucks the size of a Freightliner..*; No lower to the ground *Or if there are, people just raise them up anyway..*

    • bolo June 20, 2022 (6:19 pm)

      They are easy profit makers for the mfrs. Ka-ching! goes the cash register. Much more lucrative than selling sensible sedans. Isn’t the top selling vehicle in the US a Ford F-150 pickup? Go figure.

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