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CLEARED: Southbound I-5 blocked by Boeing Field, reports of rollover collision and shooting

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on July 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm with 6 Comments »
July 29, 2012 11:51 pm

UPDATE 8 p.m.: The Seattle Police Department says one vehicle shot at another, starting about 4 p.m. in the 9000 block of Beacon Avenue South. The chase continued to I-5, where the victim’s vehicle collided with another car, causing the three-car crash.

The suspects are at large. Seattle Police Gang Unit detectives will investigate, Detective Jeff Kappel said.

In addition to the victim, two women in another car in the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Harborview Medical Center, according to SPD.

The windows of another vehicle were shot out by a stray bullet fired by the suspects, Kappel said.

7:48 p.m.: All lanes are cleared, and the WSDOT traffic camera doesn’t show any backups:

5:51 p.m.: There are now three lanes open, but traffic remains backed up to I-90, WSDOT says.

5:33 p.m.: Detective Jeff Kappel with the Seattle Police Department said that it appears two vehicles leaving a festival at Seward Park began exchanging gunfire, which may have continued as the vehicles got onto southbound I-5.

One male was hit in the shoulder and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. His injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Seattle police continue to investigate, and the information thus far is extremely preliminary, Kappel said.

5:14 p.m.: The accident is blocking the three right lanes and the HOV lane.

5:04 p.m.: There was a three-vehicle crash, and one vehicle rolled over, said Trooper Julie Judson with the Washington State Patrol. The initial report was of two erratically driven vehicles,  but it is not yet clear if those vehicles were part of the crash, Judson said. There were reports of potential shots fired, but Judson said it is not yet clear how that relates to the crash.

Drivers should take alternate routes or wait at least an hour before heading southbound on I-5, WSDOT says. They said the southbound ramp from Michigan Street is blocked, and traffic is backed up 5 miles to Spokane Street.

It doesn’t seem that anyone was seriously injured in the collision, Judson said.

“There have been no reports of anyone who looks and appears to be seriously injured,” she said.


INITIAL POST: A collision is blocking all lanes of southbound Interstate 5 north of Boeing Access Road, by Boeing Field, the Washington State Department of Transportation reported about 4:30 p.m.

According to KIRO-TV, there are reports of a rollover collision and a person shot on southbound I-5 at Boeing Access Road.

The current backup is 2 miles, and medical aid, fire assistance, the Incident Response Team and the Washington State Patrol are on the scene.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. barrack1 says:

    I would expect this to happen in my hometown of Los Angeles CA.not here in Seattel WA. It has to be transplants from LA who are causing all this mess. I use to live in Riverside CA. many thugs from LA would come east to Riverside which is 60 miles from LA to cause trouble there. So I know what you are going through Seattel.

  2. bobbysangelwife says:

    Oh please barrack1, this sort of stuff has been going on since the early 80’s, just another day in ‘paradise’.

  3. Yeah, really. Rainier Valley has come quite a long ways since the late 1970s, but there are still some pretty rough spots. Anyway, it is probably “thugs” coming up north from Tacoma causing all this trouble (joke).

  4. blackops says:

    Apparently the driver wasn’t properly trained for emergency vehicle evasive maneuvering.

  5. Jewelsuf says:

    1) Nearly ZERO cars initially moved out of the HOV lane to allow first fire trucks and ambulances to get easily by. We heard the sirens coming from quite a way behind us. It seemed that many drivers chose not to move until the Fire Truck was very near or literally on their tail.

    When the civilians finally figured it out they did get out of the HOV lane.

    2) I believe I saw 5 maybe six fire trucks, 4 ambulances, 3 fire chiefs, more police cars.

    3) Seeing the damaged car from flipping over as I drove by I thought for sure those in front would be dead. I am glad to hear they survived.

    $) Others on the highway offered me water, I gave them a doggie doody bag. We talked to each other.

    6) Many, many people walked away from their vehicles to get down into the accident area. Several of us wondered what those folk would do if they couldn’t return to their cars before the highway reopened.

    7) I appreciated the WADOT trucks:
    a) For getting their electric sign trucks in place with their directional arrows to get people off the shoulder.
    b) Driving NB I-5 using their PA system to let us know we should return to our cars as highway was opening.

    8) I am grateful nobody died or was permanently, severely maimed.

  6. Regfool2 says:

    I remember when tailgate parties were restricted to football games. The good new days of I-5. Pack food, supplies, small grill. Party on, people. As for the lookie-loos? Really? Really? What is this? Reality TV for you people? Wait ’til you’re upside down in the ditch and the monkeys are so busy staring at YOU that EMS can’t get through. Good grief. Think, would ya?

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