Multiple injuries in 9-car pileup near Northgate
A speeding pickup being followed by police hit eight other vehicles near Northgate Mall.
Seattle police say a pickup hit eight vehicles Wednesday afternoon near Northgate Mall, causing multiple injuries.
A 21-year-old woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said. In addition, a 19-year-old woman, a 24-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man were taken to Harborview with serious injuries, Moore said. Two others had minor injuries, he said.
The pileup happened just before 4 p.m., when police officers saw a woman driving a blue Dodge pickup erratically at Northeast 92nd Street and First Avenue Northeast and followed it, according to an entry in the Police Department's online blog written by Detective Jeff Kappel.
"Officers turned around to initiate a traffic stop. Officers began following the suspect northbound on 1st Avenue Northeast and initiated their emergency lights," Kappel wrote.
"The suspect slowed down and appeared to be coming to a stop when she suddenly accelerated toward the intersection of 1st Avenue Northeast and Northeast 107th Street. The suspect drove through the intersection at a high rate of speed, striking multiple vehicles," he wrote.
The pickup driver was among those taken to Harborview, he said.
More than a dozen Fire Department personnel and vehicles rushed to the scene, on First Avenue Northeast between Interstate 5 and Northgate Mall, the Fire Department's Moore said.
Both the northbound exit from Interstate 5 to Northgate and the ramp onto northbound I-5 from Northgate Way were closed until about 9:30 p.m. Also, First Avenue Northeast was closed for a time between Northeast 105th and 107th streets.
The driver of a another pickup that was totaled in the pileup, who identified himself as Abdul, said he was just leaving Northgate Mall and turning right onto First Avenue Northeast when the blue Dodge pickup slammed into him.
"I can't believe I survived," he said. It was Abdul's second vehicle calamity this week. The pickup that was clobbered on Wednesday was a rental because on Monday, when driving on Holman Road, Abdul's own vehicle was T-boned, he said.
Evvian Hanson, said she was taking her son to work at the mall in a Dodge Caravan when she was hit by the blue pickup. She never saw it coming because it was going so fast, she said.
"All of a sudden I heard a crash. Then I thought 'Oh no,' and a big blue truck was coming at me," she said.
Material from Seattle Times staff reporters Bob Young and Mike Lindblom was used in this report.