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UPDATE: 4 DEAD — Avoid Aurora Avenue Bridge after bus and Ride the Ducks vehicle collide, multiple injuries

September 24th, 2015 by Doree

Update: Reroute updates from Metro Transit:

Transit service continues to be rerouted off of Aurora Av Bridge in both directions, due to a blockage.

Route 5 – Use stops on Fremont Av N north of N 39th St or Aurora Av N south of Mercer St or along Dexter Av N between Fremont Bridge and Mercer St.

Route 16 – Use stops on Stone Way N north of N 35th St or on 3rd Av south of Bell St or along Dexter Av N between Fremont Bridge and Aloha St.

RapidRide E Line – Use stops on 3rd Av south of Battery St or along its reroute on Dexter Av N between Aloha St and Fremont Bridge or on Stone Way N between N 35th St and N 50th St or on Aurora Av N north of N 75th St.

Expect significant delays in transit service in all areas north of downtown Seattle and west of I-5.

Update: KING 5 is reporting that four people were killed and another 12 are critically injured. Another 20 people had non life-threatening injuries. KING says a pickup truck and an SUV also were involved in the collision with the bus and Ducks vehicle. The Seattle Times has photos of the scene, including a huge gash in the side of the bus, and dozens of people being evaluated by medics. According to the Times, the bus was carrying 45 students and staff from North Seattle College’s international program.

Earlier: The Aurora Avenue Bridge is closed in both directions right now after a charter bus and a Ride the Ducks vehicle collided.

According to KING 5, there are multiple injuries. The crash happened at 11:15 a.m. The bridge is expected to be closed for several hours

Metro Transit says transit service is being rerouted onto the Fremont Bridge and Dexter Avenue North, then to regular routes. Bus riders should use the stops on Aurora Avenue North north of North 46th Street, on 3rd Avenue south of Bell Street, or along Dexter Avenue North

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Speeding motorcyclist seriously injured in Sunday morning collision with pickup at Greenwood Avenue and Holman Road

June 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police say a motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday morning when he collided with a pickup truck. From the SPD Blotter:

At approximately 7:31 a.m. an officer on patrol in a fully-marked police car observed a motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed turn onto northbound Greenwood Avenue North from Holman Road Northwest. The officer engaged his emergency lights and siren while attempting to catch up to the motorcyclist, who was several blocks ahead of the officer. The motorcyclist failed to stop.

The motorcyclist turned onto eastbound North 125th Street and the officer lost sight of the him. The officer regained sight of the motorcyclist in the area of the 12200 block of southbound Phinney Avenue North. When the motorcyclist turned onto westbound North 122nd Street the officer again lost sight of the him. The motorcyclist appears to have attempted to turn onto southbound Greenwood Avenue North from North 122nd Street when he collided with a pickup truck that was traveling northbound on Greenwood Avenue North.

Traffic control devices for the intersection at North 122nd Street and Greenwood Avenue North consist of stop signs facing traffic on North 122nd Street; there are no traffic control devices for traffic on Greenwood Avenue North.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 20′s, to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The adult male driver and adult male passenger of the pickup truck were not injured and declined medical attention.

There were no citations issued at the scene, which is standard procedure in traffic collisions requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Metro Route 5 is rerouted off Greenwood Avenue between North 105 and North 125 streets until further notice. Metro supervisor vans will be shuttling customers in and out of the rerouted area.

Update 3:20 p.m.: Metro Route 5 has resumed its regular route on Greenwood Avenue now that the scene has been cleared.

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2 injured in rollover accident

October 21st, 2010 by Dale

That helicopter over east Phinney and west Green Lake at 5:30 p.m. was a news chopper capturing the scene of a rollover accident on Woodland Place, just south of North 65th Street.

The car came off southbound Aurora Avenue and flipped three times after hitting the embankment, said Otis Hopkins, who was standing at a nearby bus stop when the accident happened.

“I heard this screech and I saw this car coming off the embankment,” he said. The car rolled, then hit a tree. “It went head over heels.”

Hopkins rushed over to see the passenger hanging upside-down and having a seizure. He and the driver got the man out. The passenger was biting down on his tongue, so Hopkins pushed down on the man’s chin, opening his airway. The man made a sharp inhalation and soon regained consciousness.

Paramedics arrived a short time later and traffic was rerouted around the scene. Both men were taken to area hospitals. The car can be seen in the background, along with Hopkins, who is holding his bike.

Based on tire tracks in the grass and the demolished Blue Star Memorial Highway sign (which had recently been restored), it appears the car came off southbound Aurora Avenue.

Officers at the scene would not speculate on the cause of the accident.

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