Box Truck Strikes JLG Lift, Throwing Two Workers From the Basket

Two Seattle Department of Transportation contractors were injured around 8 o’clock this morning after a box truck struck the lift they were working in on a westbound exit ramp of the West Seattle Bridge on throwing both men from the basket, to the ramp and surface street below. The contractors were working on the Fauntleroy Expressway Bearing Pad Replacement Project.

One worker fell about 15 feet to the exit ramp, suffering serious injuries. The second worker fell about 50 feet to the surface street below the bridge deck, where the JLG Lift was parked, and suffered life threatening injuries.

Traffic Collision Investigation detectives are on scene, processing the collision site and collecting evidence. The cause of the collision is unknown at this time and is the subject of the investigation.

Both Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be investigating.

This information is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation proceeds.

Police Wound Knife-Wielding Domestic Violence Suspect During Confrontation in Jackson Place Neighborhood

Earlier this afternoon at around 1:44 p.m., East Precinct patrol officers responded to the 1900 block of S Dearborn to a report of a suicidal man chasing his partner with a kitchen chopping knife out in front of their home.

Officers arrived just three minutes later and contacted the victim. The suspect was no longer there.

While officers were speaking to the victim, the suspect returned, armed with two kitchen knives, and confronted the officers.

One officer shot the suspect, wounding him. Officers immediately began life saving efforts and called for Seattle Fire medics.

Seattle Fire Medics responded and transported the suspect to Harborview Medical Center, where he is in critical condition and undergoing surgery.

As per SPD policy, designed in collaboration with the Department of Justice, detectives from the Force Investigation Team and Crime Scene Investigators are on-scene with representatives from the Office of Professional Accountability to collect evidence and review the incident.

Per department policy, the officer involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

This is a developing incident and we will update this post with additional information as it becomes available.

This information is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation proceeds.

Detectives Investigating After Man Injured During Pioneer Square Shooting

West Precinct patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting around 10 o’clock last night in the 500 block of 3rd Avenue. When they arrived, officers found an adult male gunshot victim lying on the sidewalk. Officers noted that the victim had a loaded handgun, so they collected it as evidence. Seattle Fire Department medics treated the injured man and then rushed him to Harborview Medical Center for additional emergency care. At last check, his injuries are not life-threatening.

Officers searched the area for the male suspect, but were unable to locate him. There are no additional details regarding the suspect’s description or identity at this time.

Homicide detectives responded to the scene and canvassed the area for witnesses and surveillance.

This information is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation proceeds.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call police or make an anonymous report through Crime Stoppers.

Man Smashes Restaurant Window, Attacks Customers with Shard of Glass

A man believed to be high on methamphetamine and PCP smashed a downtown Ballard window during the afternoon lunch hour and attacked customers with a shard of glass before being wrestled to the ground by diners and passersby.

SPD’s 911 center began receiving calls at around 12:08 p.m. that a man was yelling and shouting at customers in the 2300 block of NW Market Street. Witnesses watched him kick out a massive window pane next to the front door of a Market street restaurant, causing it to shatter. The suspect picked up a glass shard, walked through the now open window into the dining room, and began menacing customers.

Frightened patrons ran out of the establishment. The suspect followed and ultimately confronted a man and a woman who had been at a nearby consignment shop.

The suspect attacked them with the shard, injuring both of them. The victims fought back and disarmed him, smashing his glass weapon, rendering it safe.

Numerous passersby seized this opportunity to wrestle the newly disarmed suspect to the ground, where they pinned him until police arrived.

Officers arrested the suspect and called for medics to treat the consignment shoppers superficial cut wounds.

Ambulance staff transported the suspect to a local hospital, where he will remain under guard until discharged.

Once released from medical care, officers will book the 22 year old man into King County Jail for felony assault and malicious mischief charges.



Tipped Tractor-Trailer Carrying Cargo of Crab Complicates Commute

UPDATE: As of about 6:30, the viaduct deck has been cleared. One northbound lane has been reopened and traffic is moving. The curb lane will remain closed until engineers have a chance to inspect damage to a light-pole and the guardrail.

Around 2:30 this afternoon, we received reports that a tractor-trailer travelling just north of Atlantic Street in the northbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct lost control and tipped on its side, coming to rest on the guardrail. No one was injured in the collision.

The impact of the collision caused the trailer to split open along its side, spilling boxes of frozen crab on the viaduct deck and immediately below.

Once first responders addressed immediate safety concerns, SDOT, WSDOT and SPD established unified command and coordinated efforts to expedite clearing the roadway, ordering commercial tow trucks, a front loader and five dump trucks to the scene.

Engineers have inspected the damage to the Alaskan Way Viaduct and verified that no structural damage occurred.

The goal is to reopen the Alaskan Way Viaduct once the roadway is clear of debris and the disabled tractor-trailer has been towed.

SDOT Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers are on site and will continue to investigate the circumstances of the collision.