UPDATE: Rescue response for vehicle-on-side crash on 18th SW

12:47 AM: Seattle Fire is sending a “rescue extrication” response to the 7900 block of 18th SW [vicinity map] for what’s described as a three-car crash, with one on its side, having hit “multiple parked cars.” Updates to come.

(Added: Texted photos)

12:55 AM: Firefighters on scene say they’re going to need to get one person out of the on-side car. They’re also blocking 18th in the area, between Kenyon and Elmgrove.

12:59 AM: Vehicle is described as a truck; driver is not believed to be seriously hurt. Responders now say seven vehicles are involved.

1:07 AM: Firefighters have extricated the driver.

1:22 AM: He’ll be taken to a hospital and investigated for possible DUI, according to radio exchanges. Meantime, much thanks to the texter who’s been sending photos from the scene – here are some of the other damaged vehicles:

19 Replies to "UPDATE: Rescue response for vehicle-on-side crash on 18th SW"

  • HighlandPark July 10, 2024 (7:43 am)

    Got damn that’s some serious damage, how fast was that a—— going?

    • Scar July 10, 2024 (12:05 pm)

      I watched it from my window, he had to be going at least 95. Crazy!!

  • AJ July 10, 2024 (8:07 am)

    I grew up with police ticketing speeding vehicles.   The police would simply park and wait for a law breaker.   Those days need to return.    The younger generation didn’t grow up with the concern that a police officer could be up the street waiting.   I see the younger generation today driving like there’s no speed limit or consequences.   Fauntleroy and Alaska are both 25 mph.   50 mph is very common on both those streets.

    • AD July 10, 2024 (8:37 am)

      The main thing that has changed since you were a kid is that apps like Waze show all the speed traps so people can slow and not get caught, while still speeding elsewhere.  Police departments have to weigh the use of resources to station an officer in a spot, given how much technology allows people to evade these traps.

      • Derek July 10, 2024 (9:28 am)

        Counterpoint: speed traps are entrapment and an unnecessary use of tax dollars and normalize a police state

        • Joah July 10, 2024 (12:43 pm)

          How on earth is a speed trap entrapment? Because of the word trap? Entrapment is when the cops lure or induce you into committing a crime that you wouldn’t have done otherwise. Nothing about a speed trap is encouraging you to speed.

        • Al King July 10, 2024 (1:40 pm)

          Derek. Who’s side are you on? Certainly not those of us that want law breaking criminals held accountable and not called victims of the police. 

      • Curious George July 10, 2024 (9:50 am)

        Use technology to catch the speeders.  I use Admiral all the time and can agree on the real speed.  Photo Enforcement 

    • My two cents July 10, 2024 (10:02 am)

      @AJ  I will withhold judgment and opinion on any “speeding” until the in investigation has been completed. Can you reference the source for speeding – as opposed to the other reporting on potential issues. 

    • KM July 10, 2024 (1:04 pm)

      I’m not sure what you mean by “younger generation” but in my experience most dangerous driving is done by adult men of various ages.

  • midnight July 10, 2024 (9:49 am)

    Another reminder than nothing good happens after midnight.  Or something like that.  I will go remind my new teen drivers of this “rule”!  They love hearing this from their ‘ol mom.

  • ji July 10, 2024 (10:10 am)

    They will be revising the 3 car into an actual real number of innocent cars damaged and destroyed in this incident won’t they?  I think a minimum of 4 or 5 in the pictures.

    • WSB July 10, 2024 (11:26 am)

      Noted in the story, seven vehicles was the eventual assessment (counting the on-side truck), though that could have changed in the final police report.

  • CarDriver July 10, 2024 (11:18 am)

    AJ;AD. Educate me on how speed traps will catch all dui drivers?? You’ll have them 24/7 on every street in the city?

  • drahcir61 July 10, 2024 (11:54 am)

    He took out seven vehicles?!?  That’s not easy to do.  I mean you hit one car & you stop.  You hit two cars & you’re making up new swear words. 

    Seven???  Not quite a strike, maybe he was going for the spare (still fell 3 short).  :)

  • Admiral-2009 July 10, 2024 (1:01 pm)

    I really hope that the person who caused all the damage is made to pay all costs associated their action.  State Law requires all motorist’s to carry liability insurance!

  • Al July 10, 2024 (6:02 pm)

    Same block, same street, same state insurance law, nearly same situation several years ago. Laws only apply to law abiding citizens, so I lost out

  • Derp July 10, 2024 (10:54 pm)

    I drove by the spot today and there was what looked to be a car that was completely destroyed. I saw the pile of parts first,  then the car. Amazing the damage that the truck/person caused. 

  • Observer July 13, 2024 (4:12 pm)

    I saw 2 cars speeding by on 20th.  After a quick prayer I heard a crash. The next day I drove by the scene and a parked-car victim told me that the uncrashed car made a u-turn and sped off, leaving his speeding buddy behind.  Coward.

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