A woman was trapped inside a Nissan Scion in Maple Leaf this afternoon after a two-car collision at the intersection of Northeast 79th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.
“Neighbors were on the scene within seconds; police within a couple of minutes, followed by fire trucks and aid vehicles,” emails Linda, who sent the photo above. The accident occurred just before 3 p.m.
City dispatch records show fire units were dispatched between 2:59 and 3:11 p.m. The accident was dispatched as a “heavy rescue,” involving well over a dozen units.
We couldn’t tell how she was. “We couldn’t tell how she was. She was in shock but coherent; they had to cut the back of the car off to get her out.
“This is a terrible intersection — this is the second flipped-over vehicle accident I’ve seen. Other smaller collisions occur, too, and we often hear and see near-collisions.”
Linda said cars speed up the the hill heading eastbound on 79th from Fifth Avenue Northeast toward Roosevelt Way Northeast, especially if cars are backed up from the light at Fifth and Northeast 80th Street.
“Our neighbors on the corner have inquired about getting a traffic circle here, but the City said there is no budget and it isn’t a real problem. I’d say it’s an extremely real problem.”Tweet