[Update @ 12am: train service all the way to the airport is restored.]

It’s snowing at a decently fast clip in Seattle, and all King County Metro and Pierce Transit buses are running on snow routes as of 9:30 pm. We haven’t heard terrible things about bus service around the area, so let’s hope everything passes smoothly.

A car on light rail tracks near Tukwila. Photo from KOMO's Twitter feed.

[UPDATE: as of 11:11 pm, Sound Transit’s Twitter reports: “#STLink back to full service between downtown and airport.”]

Link light rail is experiencing more serious problems. According to Sound Transit’s Twitter, the car pictured above is somehow on the tracks near 144th & Macadam in Tukwila. As one can see from Google Maps’ satellite view of this area, these tracks are grade separated. Q13 reports that a car actually fell onto the tracks, just like a snowflake. KOMO reports that the driver escaped with minor injuries.

A rider alert isn’t available, but here’s what we know from twitter:

Link service is interrupted between Tukwila & Rainier Beach Stations. Link service is operating between Airport and Tukwila and Westlake and Rainier Beach. (tweet)

And later:

Bus bridge in place. (tweet)

The forecast is that rain will return to wash it all away by morning. I’d check your alerts before heading out.

15 Replies to “Metro on Snow Routes; Expect Link Delays”

  1. A little more excitement than I wanted to see this evening. Kudo’s to the rail operator that was able to stop in time on very slippery tracks. They had to take down the fence to I-5 to get the car out.

  2. Was anyone in the tunnel or at a station to hear whether word got out to Link passengers … so they could switch to taking the 124 or hail a cab?

    Oh, and wouldn’t it be nice if there were a built-in bus bridge between RBS and TIBS — one that would serve the neighborhoods in between so they could actually get to light rail without a car, bike, or really long walk?

    Anyhoo, kudos to the operator for avoiding a major accident, to the public employees who extricated the driver and the car so quickly, and to ST and the rest of the operators who adjusted their schedule to handle this freaky scenario.

    1. From what I heard over the air; service was operating as normal as it could between RBS and Westlake. There definitely was a bus bridge between RBS and TIBS, although it sounded like service between TIBS and the airport was spotty until everything opened just after 23:00

      1. We started out with a bus bridge between RBCH (Rainier beach) and Airport, that was the original request 2 minutes after the report of the accident. The fire department needed the overhead de-energized, I negotiated getting the train back to TWIB (Tukwila international blvd station) first.
        Our intention was to run a shuttle between Airport ans TWIB, but the overhead power, in reality, doesnt match the display in the control room and what should have left TWIB energized, did not.
        In short, the bus bridge was always supposed to service RBCH, TWIB and Airport. (the bus side had trouble finding coaches as well)

  3. I’m pretty sure that is the road that Metro uses to train new drivers out of South training. Good thing that wasn’t a bus instead.

    Looking at the roadway above it seems obvious that somebody was driving down the hill a little too fast. Hope the driver is OK, even if he/she is an idiot.

    1. The Buick LeSabre was trying to drive up South 144th Street in Tukwila, which Lund said is a very steep hill, and lost traction. It slid backwards down the hill, through a fence at the end of the road and through an embankment before flipping upside down onto the tracks.

      Seattle Times

    1. Fortunately that’s easily fixed. Drop a few reinforced concrete barriers and blocks. Done. Unfortunately for future drivers, they get to crash into a solid wall.

      It’d be more frightening had the guy’s car flew across the Link tracks on to I-5.

      1. He fell into an embankment and then flipped on to the tracks, not fell directly on to the tracks. He still could’ve knocked the support poles but by then most of the forward momentum was absorbed by the embankment.

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