Truck collides with Ballard Bridge

About 4:30 a.m. a truck smashed into the lower Ballard Bridge at 45th St.

Firefighters sawed off the canopy to extract the driver, who sustained very serious injuries. No other vehicles were involved. (Thanks Rob for the photo.)

Update: We’ve heard from several sources that this appears to be a suicide attempt, so we’ve closed the comment thread.


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Silver
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Holy crap! Looks like he hit it hard!

Hope he'll be okay.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Yikes! That does look nasty. I hope he recovers.

Silver
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Hey Rob – what on earth were you doing up at that hour??

BallardBizOwner
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BallardBizOwner

Wonder if he was avoiding a cyclist, on his phone, or lost control due to those train tracks…………….

JM98107
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JM98107

I have seen a similar truck parked at about 12th and Market.

seattlemedic7
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seattlemedic7

well silver, being a part of SFD my pager went off as usual when a heavy rescue is called out, or a major incident. So I responded to the scene and was not able to take pics during the extrication of the driver due to the craziness, This accident was a tragic one. I am not allowed to give details about what happened but keep your eyes out in the newspapers or on the local news sites. I can report that the driver had a crushed pelvis,broken legs,arms, and major head trauma.

JM98107
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JM98107

I'd guess the only details (if any)would be published on this site. The other media focuses on murder, Michael Jackson and sports.

Jessica Howes
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I can tell you some of the details of this crash. The person in the vehicle is my uncle and he was trying to kill himself. Today was my dad's birthday, his brother, and my dad died in May. My uncle is still very upset and has apparently been talking of doing this very thing to his girlfriend. I just can't believe it. He is in the hospital with both legs broken, and his right arm broken. Don't know anything about his pelvis. Multiple face fractures. The social worker this morning told me that his brain is fine and he is was conscience. I have yet to get an update at this time, because we were having my dad's wake today.

Mondoman
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Mondoman

Sorry you had to have a second tragedy in your family in such a short time! I wish you strength.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

My God. I'm sorry to hear that. My heart goes out to you and your uncle, Jessica.

great idea
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great idea

That's pretty amazing Jessica.
I'm sorry to hear about this strange incident–especially since I lost my dad recently. ironically, his brother, my uncle, killed himself about 20 years ago.

thank goodness he aimed for a bridge support and not another oncoming vehicle. I wish him physical and mental recovery.

Alex_Maynard
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Alex_Maynard

No, He wasnt high or any thing… I live next door to him…
He was friends with my mom and my dad. His brother died like 1 or 2 months ago?? Also he gave my dad like a rototiller, i was reading
“When people are sucidal, They would give away like prized possetions…”

I just fell so sad that he did this…

PS He loved that truck… Whyed he haved to do this?

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

Jessica – I feel for you and your family. My family had a similar incident in the 1970's when my great uncle did not feel he could live without his brother. I hope that things look up somehow for everyone in your family and that you can all get through this.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Just asking. Anyone know why Jessica Howes' comment was removed? Those who see this later are going to be a bit confused.

chrispetty
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chrispetty

I know this man very well,He is one of the nicest people I have ever met.He would help anyone at a drop of a hat and has helped me many of times.He's a good friend! wish you the best T!

JenEH
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JenEH

I live with the person in that truck. This is a very sad situation. I know all you want to know what happened but I hated seeing this on here. I never look for destruction. Thank you to whomever realized what this was and sent blessings. No one needs details…like the TOOL song, “Vicarious”…why do we want in on the tragedy of others' lives? This is hard. I wish no one ever had to go through these things but I guess there are always lessons to pull. No drugs, alcohol or cell phones. Just unfortunate chains of events leading to a dead end. No pun intended. If anyone ever feels hopeless, talk to someone. Life is a precious gift we are given to learn and grow from…to earn our wings. No matter how bad you have it, someone has had it worse. Try and find the “reasons for everything”. To make sense of things. It may take years to understand “why”. Give yourself the time to get through. Things will always turn out ok in the end. If its not ok, its not the end. I forgot where that quote came from…maybe a magnet or something. Anyhow, best wishes to… Read more »

JenEH
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JenEH

And um Bradshaw, he had a free roof over his head, family, love, was never alone and was begged to get help on a daily basis for diabetes, depression, etc. U know this. Sorry, your comment didnt sound right.

ninaf
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It seems like other comments were removed also…

eric
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eric

sad story – my condolences to the friends and family.