Two people injured, power pole knocked out in rear end collision on 59th SW
A man driving a Honda hybrid northbound on 59th SW approaching Admiral Way SW was struck from behind by a driver in a Toyota Rav 4 near Horton Street SW causing both vehicles to head down the embankment that splits the roadway in the block. According to the driver of the Honda, Jim Lee, he was told the driver of the Toyota, whose wife was also in the car, suffered a medical emergency of some kind causing him to accelerate and hit the Honda, then hit a power pole and roll over.
When emergency crews arrived the couple had to be extricated by cutting the roof off the Toyota.
Lee, said he has no specific memory of the incident itself. He said,"I was going down nice and smooth and the next thing I know, I wake up to the car on this side. I might have been out for a second. When I came to I didn't even know I was on this side. I thought I was still up there I pried the door open and realized I was on this side."
Wires from the downed pole struck two members of a road crew working on the block. The workers suffered only minor injuries.
The driver and passenger of the Toyota were both taken to Harborview Medical Center. Mr. Lee said he was suffering some "ringing in my ears but I think its because of the airbags," but was otherwise unhurt.