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UPDATE: ~99-year-old man extricated from car, taken to hospital after 35th SW collision

(Added: Reader photo, texted)

7:22 PM: SFD and SPD are at the scene of what’s described as a 2-vehicle crash at 35th/Hudson, 1 person trapped. Avoid the area. Updates to come.

7:33 PM: We are just arriving. On the north side of the scene, 35th is closed at Edmunds.

7:43 PM: The extrication from this car, a Subaru, is over and the person’s being taken to the hospital.

(WSB photos from here down)

Police are talking to the person we believe is the driver of the other vehicle, a Jeep.

7:53 PM: SPD tells us the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad has been called out, so the closure will likely last a few hours.

8:29 PM: According to SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley, the injured driver is “approximately 99 years old.” He was in stable condition as SFD transported him to Harborview. Police told us the early indication was that he was headed eastbound on Hudson, to turn onto 35th, when he collided with the Jeep driver, who was headed southbound.

11:39 PM: Still closed.

12:17 AM: SDOT just tweeted that the road has reopened.

UPDATE: Vehicle fire on 35th SW

4:17 PM: Haven’t yet heard which side it’s on but a car-fire response might make traffic tricky on 35th SW near Trenton for a while. Seattle Fire and Police are both headed that way.

4:28 PM: Photo added. 35th SW is shut down between Cloverdale and Trenton right now. No injuries.

5:04 PM: SFD has closed the call. We’ll be checking in a few minutes to see if the street has reopened.

5:27 PM: Fully open.

UPDATE: Vehicle goes over Alki Avenue seawall

(Added: Photo courtesy Brian Towers)

2:09 AM: Both Seattle Fire and Police are headed for the 1300 block of Alki Avenue SW, where a vehicle is reported to have gone into the water. They’re trying to figure out if anyone is in the vehicle; two people are reported to have been seen walking away from the scene. Updates to come.

2:11 AM: Per scanner, no one else was in the car, and the two people who got out are unhurt. The SFD response is being canceled. (added) It’s been 10 years since the last car-in-water incident we recall.

3:04 AM: Tow truck has arrived. As the photo shows, the car is more on the rocks than in the water. (Added) Here’s the context – that’s the car off the seawall at right:

(WSB photo)

10:59 AM: Court and jail records indicate a 19-year-old man was arrested for investigation of DUI, hit and run, and property damage. He’s currently in King County Jail, where records show he also spent time for suspected DUI in November.

UPDATE: Water-rescue response off Beach Drive SW

4:25 PM: SFD is sending a fireboat and rescue swimmers to the area of Beach Drive shoreline across from Me-Kwa-Mooks for what’s described as a possible paddleboarder in distress. Updates to come.

4:28 PM: And that’s been canceled already … Seattle Police are reported to have made contact with the person, who is out of the water and OK.

UPDATE: Another SFD rescue response on the water

6 PM: This time, SFD says, “Fireboat (is) responding to water near Lowman Beach Park in West Seattle for male kiteboarder who appears to be in distress approximately 1 mile from shore.” As often happens, some land units have been sent to Don Armeni in case a patient needs to be brought ashore.

(WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli)

6:18 PM: The land units actually went to Seacrest, where SFD told WSB’s Christopher Boffoli that no one was hurt and no one needed to be transported.

UPDATE: Emergency response for ‘sailboat in distress’ off Fauntleroy

1:23 PM: Seattle Fire responders are arriving in the Fauntleroy ferry terminal vicinity for what SFD says is a “sailboat in distress” that might need help. Updates to come.

1:34 PM: The response has ended. According to radio communication, the sailboat had lost its sail but no one was hurt or in danger.

UPDATE: ‘Rope rescue’ emergency response after woman falls down Emma Schmitz Overlook seawall

6 PM: Seattle Fire has dispatched a sizable “rope rescue” response for an incident toward the south end of Emma Schmitz Overlook. The situation has been described via radio communication as a woman having fallen from the seawall. Updates to come.

6:17 PM: Firefighters have rescued the woman, who is being taken to Harborview, and are wrapping up.

9:31 PM: The injured woman is 67 and was described as in stable condition when taken to the hospital.

UPDATE: Flipped-car crash at Fauntleroy/Oregon

12:48 AM: Thanks to the texter who sent that photo from a crash that SPD and SFD are handling right now at Fauntleroy/Oregon. Two vehicles involved; no major injuries reported.

(Added: WSB photo)

1:14 AM: The flipped vehicle is in the middle of Fauntleroy and traffic is being allowed around it both ways. An officer at the scene said he couldn’t comment on whether anyone had been transported or whether a second vehicle was involved (none was obvious).

2:42 AM: Police just radioed, “Fauntleroy is clear and open to traffic.”

UPDATE: 16th SW reopens after gas-leak response

March 30, 2019 11:30 am
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11:30 AM: Seattle Fire is responding to a reported gas leak in the 7500 block of 16th SW [map], and they’re requesting police help to block traffic on 16th one block on each side until the situation’s resolved. Avoid the area.

12:17 PM: Just went through to check. SFD is gone: Puget Sound Energy is on scene; street is open but note there’s some major SDOT work on the northbound side, just north of SFD Station 11.

UPDATE: Driver hits parked car, goes sideways in Arbor Heights

8:15 PM: SFD and SPD are on their way to a reported “rollover collision” involving one person in one vehicle in the 9800 block of 35th SW [map]. Updates to come.

8:27 PM: Added photo – it’s a car that went sideways after its driver hit a parked car, according to what we’ve been told at the scene. The driver will be taken to the hospital by AMR ambulance. 35th is currently blocked both ways.

9:22 PM: Another photo – at left is the car that was hit while parked. We went by the scene again a short time ago; still blocked. We’ll update when there’s word it’s open again.

UPDATE: Driver, dog rescued from car-on-side crash at California/Brandon

(Photo courtesy Mark Daughhetee)

11:31 AM: A big Seattle Fire response is headed to California/Brandon [map] for a crash reported as involving two cars, one on its side. This is reported to be in the northbound lanes but avoid both ways for now.

11:37 AM: California’s now reported to be blocked both ways. Firefighters are reported to be rescuing the driver whose vehicle went sideways.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)

11:49 AM: Photos added. The driver is out and did not suffer major injuries – he will be taken to the hospital by AMR ambulance. A dog was rescued from the car and is also OK, we’re told.

11:59 AM: Continue avoiding the area, as cleanup will take a while. Metro has just sent an alert that the C Line (update: also Route 22) is routed off California “between Morgan and Edmunds” for now. Meantime, the crash circumstances remain under investigation but a second car is damaged and is up on the sidewalk on the northbound side.

12:48 PM: Just revisited the scene – the road’s open, SPD and SFD gone.

UPDATE: Motorcycle rider seriously injured in Admiral Way crash

(Added: WSB photos)

10:13 PM: Police are investigating an incident in which a motorcycle rider was hurt on the Admiral Way hill north of the West Seattle Bridge [map]. Admiral is blocked both ways at the scene. Updates to come.

10:23 PM: Admiral will likely be closed a while, as police tell us the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is being called out. Earlier radio communication suggested this msy have involved another vehicle but police have no description to share so far. The injured rider is male and being taken to the hospital.

11:11 PM: SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley tells WSB the rider is a 44-year-old man, transported in critical condition.

12:48 AM: Police just announced via radio communication that Admiral Way has reopened. We will follow up later this morning to see what more we can find out about the circumstances.

12:20 PM: The rider remains in critical condition, in intensive care, at Harborview Medical Center.

UPDATE: Vehicle-on-side crash on Fauntleroy Way

(WSB photo)

1:10 AM: Seattle Fire reports that one person has been extricated from a car that went sideways in the 5600 block of Fauntleroy Way SW. That person’s being evaluated. The road is blocked both ways right now.

1:32 AM: The car is midblock south of Findlay. 1 person is going to the hospital via private ambulance; SFD is leaving the scene, but SPD still has the road blocked – no tow truck yet. At least one parked car is reportedly damaged.

(Texted photo)

1:57 AM: A reader just texted that photo showing the other side of the vehicle – a pickup truck – and says the street has reopened.

UPDATE: Driver hits drugstore at Westwood Village

6:42 PM: That crash is the reason for a sizable emergency response at Westwood Village. Police tell us early indications are that the driver lost control of the car for some reason while heading toward the Rite-Aid store, and ran into it. Two people were being checked out by medics. The store is closed for now because there’s some cleanup to do inside.

6:49 PM: SFD tells us two female patients will be taken to the hospital by private ambulance, which indicates neither has major injuries.

6:58 PM: SFD’s technical-rescue crew is evaluating the scene, which is likely to be blocked off for a while.

8:26 PM: Just went back to check. Car’s gone; store remains closed.

7 for your West Seattle Sunday

(Photo by James Bratsanos)

Happy first Sunday of March! Highlights:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter’s end is in sight and newness abounds. Last week, for example, this bagel maker debuted – and sold out. See what’s new today, 10 am-2 pm in the street, in the heart of The Junction. (California between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: While you’re in The Junction, you’ll spot cookie booths – elsewhere in West Seattle, too, pretty much all day and into the night. Check locations and times here.

LOOKING FOR A HOME? WSB sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate West Seattle is spotlighting this open house near Lincoln Park, 2-4 pm today. (4431 SW Kenyon Place)

CAMP 2ND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: All are welcome at the monthly meeting of the community advisory committee for the city-authorized encampment in southeast West Seattle, 2 pm at Arrowhead Gardens. (9200 2nd SW)

MUSIC AT THE COFFEEHOUSE: RandomPlay featuring Andrea Lynne, 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

SEATTLE SWING DANCE CLUB: Starting at 4 pm at the Masonic Center, lessons and dancing – more info in our calendar listing. (4746 40th SW)

RIPPIN CHICKEN: Soulful night at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SEE THE REST OF WHAT’S UP TODAY, TONIGHT, BEYOND … via our complete calendar!

From parking to park to port and beyond, all ahead for your West Seattle Thursday

February 28, 2019 10:20 am
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(Anna’s Hummingbird, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Tonight’s highlights:

FREE TAX HELP: 5-9 pm at the West Seattle Food Bank, the United Way of King County‘s free tax help program continues – no appointment needed. Our calendar listing explains eligibility and how the free help works. (35th/Morgan)

JUNCTION RPZ HEARING: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, as previewed here, SDOT plans a public hearing on the proposed Restricted Parking Zone in the West Seattle Junction area. (4217 SW Oregon)

LOWMAN BEACH SEAWALL MEETING: 6:30 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), Seattle Parks will present the preliminary design for removing the damaged remaining seawall at Lowman Beach Park and take community comments. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

FERRIES, PORT @ WS TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point, the West Seattle Transportation Coalition meets, with guests from Washington State Ferries and the Port of Seattle (regarding Terminal 5). All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

‘PLAYFUL PARENTING’: 7 pm at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, West Seattle Cooperative Preschools presents “The Opposite of Worry – Playful Parenting in Anxious Times” with Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. Details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

THURSDAY TRIVIA: Two rounds, 7 and 8 pm, at Great American Diner and Bar in The Junction. (4752 California SW)

INTO THE COLD: ‘Heavy duty rock ‘n’ roll’ at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar.

UPDATE: Natural-gas line break in South Admiral

February 24, 2019 1:10 pm
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1:10 PM: Thanks to the texter who sent that photo and a tip about the Seattle Fire response for a natural-gas leak in the 3200 block of 45th SW (map). The texter says the street is blocked off and SFD is asking neighbors to clear out until the situation is under control.

1:48 PM: SFD has closed out the call.

About the ‘scenes of violence’ call on Beach Drive

10:56 AM: Police and fire responded a short time ago to the 4500 block of Beach Drive SW for a call logged as “scenes of violence.” The medical response was quickly downsized; SPD tells us this was a case of suicide.

As always when reporting suicides, we want to remind you that there is 24-hour help available via hotlines including Crisis Connections (formerly Crisis Clinic), 866-427-4747.

12:23 PM: This happened at Me-Kwa-Mooks Park, where police and a Medical Examiner’s Office crew were investigating a short time ago.

UPDATE: Water-rescue response for boat in trouble off Cormorant Cove Park

4:47 PM: A Seattle Fire water-rescue response is headed to the 3700 block of Beach Drive SW (with some units on standby for Don Armeni), where a 30-foot boat is reported to be in trouble. Police and Coast Guard have already been dealing with it, but now SFD’s being sent too.

4:59 PM: Most of the responding units are being dismissed. Some are remaining to help get the boat safely away from the shore.

5:17 PM: Adding a reader-contributed photo (thank you!).

6:34 PM: And one more – this one’s from Keith:

8:16 PM: Video from Heidi:

Meantime, Beach Drive Blog reports the boat was taken to Don Armeni – see their update here.

UPDATE: ‘Rescue extrication’ response for South Delridge car-on-side crash

January 29, 2019 5:34 pm
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5:34 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “rescue extrication” response to 16th/Cambridge [map], described as a two-car crash with one vehicle overturned. Updates to come.

5:40 PM: The person reported as possibly trapped in that vehicle is out, per radio communication. 16th is blocked in the area.

5:49 PM: Added a photo. Looks like only one car is involved. One person, a 35-year-old man reported to have hand injuries, is being taken to the hospital by SFD medic unit.

5:56 PM: Added a second view of the vehicle that’s on its side. Again, avoid the area for a while.

7:18 PM: Just went back to check – scene’s clear.

UPDATE: Rescue response for West Marginal Way SW collision

10:52 AM: Seattle Fire is sending a “rescue extrication” response to the 5400 block of West Marginal Way SW (map). It’s reported via radio communication as a car/semitruck collision with one person trapped. The northbound lanes of West Marginal are reported to be blocked.

11:05 AM: The seriously injured person in the car is reported to have been extricated.

11:16 AM: The injured man is in his 40s and the collision has been described via radio as his pickup truck rear-ending a concrete truck. He’s being taken to Harborview Medical Center.

‘Rescue extrication’ response on Harbor Island, quickly downsized

January 14, 2019 12:41 pm
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If you see Seattle Fire units headed from West Seattle and SODO to Harbor Island, here’s what’s going on – a “rescue extrication” dispatch for what’s described on the scanner as a “industrial accident.” They’re headed to Vigor Industrial to help a man who so far is described as in stable condition, possibly with a leg injury. The first crew on scene has just reported that the patient is “not trapped” so the response is being downsized.

UPDATE: Worker rescued after fall on Harbor Island

January 6, 2019 11:33 am
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11:33 AM: If you’ve seen the big Seattle Fire response headed to Harbor Island, it’s for a rescue operation at Vigor Shipyard. SFD reports “a worker who was doing maintenance on a tank in the dry dock … fell in.” Per scanner, the fall was about 12 feet. The worker is reported to have minor injuries but access is difficult because there’s only a small hatch for accessing where the worker fell, so SFD is developing an extrication plan.

11:50 AM: Radio communication indicates the worker – described as in stable condition – has been reached and is about to be lifted out for treatment.