UPDATE: Vehicle-on-side crash on eastbound West Seattle Bridge

(SDOT image)

1 PM: Thanks for the tips. Avoid the eastbound West Seattle Bridge – near the 1st Avenue South exit, two lanes are blocked because of a vehicle-on-side crash. Updates to come.

1:24 PM: Still a backup, as shown by the high-rise-bridge camera. SFD has closed out its response, though, so apparently no serious injuries (we’ll be following up to check).

2:02 PM: All clear, says SDOT.

5:28 PM: SFD says they evaluated a 42-year-old man “who reported no injuries (and) declined further medical care.”

19 Replies to "UPDATE: Vehicle-on-side crash on eastbound West Seattle Bridge"

  • Auntie October 14, 2022 (1:12 pm)

    How the heck does one do that?!? I wish there would be a follow up report on how this happened.

    • Ktrapp October 14, 2022 (3:38 pm)

      We drove by when the incident response people were getting there.  They likely hit the center barrier at a fairly sharp angle.  Those barriers are designed to turn a vehicle back into the same lane, rather than them jumping into oncoming traffic.  And if you hit it sharply enough (rather than side swiping it), it’ll easily flip your car.

    • Kim October 14, 2022 (3:52 pm)

      I saw the accident happen two cars behind. The blue car came racing (excessive speed) up the bus lane on the right, darted into the middle lane, lost control and started fishtailing. Then slammed into the left wall a couple times and went end over end. 

      • DH October 15, 2022 (7:45 am)

        Instant karma. Unfortunately for other drivers. 

        • BlairJ October 15, 2022 (11:46 am)

          Instant carma.

  • Sara October 14, 2022 (1:43 pm)

    Looks like the car has been moved but police are still there. We drove by before firetrucks got there and it didn’t look like anyone was in the car… maybe stolen car?

    • Jeff October 14, 2022 (10:22 pm)

      I saw this happened, there was someone in it. Why would you assume stolen car? 

  • Lola October 14, 2022 (3:45 pm)

    Slow down people.  I see people doing 80 or better when there is hardly any traffic.

    • CarDriver October 14, 2022 (8:36 pm)

      Lola. How did you tell how fast they were going??

      • WestSeattleBadTakes October 15, 2022 (3:50 am)

        Sounds like maybe you should’ve a car driver if you don’t have the skill to tell that a car is going faster relative to yours.

  • Bob W. October 14, 2022 (4:08 pm)

    There’s a tire, still on the rim, a few feet away from the car… over to the right, against the cement wall. Its departure from the vehicle might have been a cause or an effect. The tire looks inflated, but some attachment hardware might have fatigued or loosened, and ultimately failed to keep the wheel on during a swerving lane change, sudden braking, or the like. Or something else entirely.

  • Mj October 14, 2022 (4:55 pm)

    Bob W – I believe you meant to say concrete barrier.  

    • momosmom October 15, 2022 (9:13 am)

      WOW MJ I think we all knew what Bob W meant and is it hard being “perfect”?

      • Kathy October 15, 2022 (12:47 pm)

        You don’t have to be perfect to understand that cement and concrete are two different things. But apparently many people do not. I wouldn’t fault MJ for correcting the record. 

  • East Coast Cynic October 14, 2022 (5:31 pm)

    Just like the good old days, except that it would have happened in the morning rush hour:).

  • CarDriver October 14, 2022 (6:56 pm)

    Went by westbound after it’d happened. Car was a newer Mustang. 

  • CheeseWS777 October 14, 2022 (9:02 pm)

    He went fast, now everybody else has to go slow. I hope driving a car faster then he knew how was worth it. All that aside tho at least nobody was hurt, this time. Drive with a brain people, more lives are at risk then just your own

  • smoosh October 15, 2022 (1:02 am)

    Going too fast inevitably costs you in the long run.  You might make a little time here and there but the added refuel stops, maintenance costs, eventually citations, and of course accident offset any gains and then some. Add also how most of the time you ‘gain’ you spend waiting at the next red light or traffic jam and even more all the added stress of those behaviors taking years off your life and quality away from your present.

  • Rodger October 16, 2022 (8:24 am)

    I passed by that spot yesterday and noticed huge skid marks and a huge spot on the median wall where he hit.  Must have been speeding like a maniac. 

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