9:10 AM: Thanks for the tips. Westbound traffic on the West Seattle Bridge is backing up because of a crash that has left a Metro bus sideways across two lanes of the bridge, just west of Highway 99.
9:34 AM: All westbound lanes are now blocked, as well as the ramp from southbound 99 to the bridge, with a Metro tow truck on scene. We’re checking with SFD re: injuries.
9:56 AM: They’ve just pulled the damaged bus to the side and reopened the westbound bridge to traffic. The onramp from 99 still appears blocked (per the live-video camera on the SDOT map).
10:50 AM: The bus was just towed and now the onramp has reopened too.
1:31 PM: SFD tells WSB that the bus driver, a ~50-year-old man, was taken to the hospital via AMR ambulance, in stable condition when transported.
2:16 PM: Here’s what Metro spokesperson Jeff Switzer tells WSB about the crash: “Based on preliminary information, a Route 50 bus was traveling from First Avenue South to the westbound West Seattle Bridge about 8:50 a.m. when, as they were merging, they corrected to avoid a vehicle and collided with the bridge right-hand barrier. The bus driver reportedly has minor hand and leg injuries. Initial reports were that there were four riders on board at the time had no reported injuries and were picked up by a passing RapidRide C Line bus. Seattle Police and Seattle Fire responded. I’ve since been in touch with two passengers who were seeking evaluation for what sound like minor injuries.”