2 accidents tie up Highway 99

  • Thursday, March 27, 2008 5:22pm


Enterprise staff

Two separate automobile accidents closed most lanes of Highway 99 in two different Lynnwood spots for up to two hours Tuesday, March 25.

In the first accident, at 9:15 a.m., a 37-year-old woman drove her car into a utility pole at 174th Street Southwest. She was taken for observation to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Lynnwood’s Police Traffic Unit is looking into whether drugs were involved, said Lynnwood Police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions.

Further north, at 2 p.m. police closed three of four southbound lanes of Highway 99 for an hour after a Senior Services of Snohomish County van collided with a northbound Chevy Suburban.

The driver, a 45-year-old Bainbridge Island woman traveling with her twoyoung daughters and their dog, was signaling for a left turn when oncoming drivers signaled her to drive through. Two of three seniors were taken for observation to Stevens Hospital but no one suffered serious injuries, Sessions said. The driver and passengers in the Suburban also were not injured seriously.

“Don’t let other people motion you into traffic,” said Martha Vaughn, who stood on the sidewalk with her children and dog, Sam, after the van struck her SUV.

Sessions said such wave-through collisions are among the most common. She said drivers should always wait until oncoming traffic is clear before making a turn.

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