2-car crash closes Highlands Drive
October 31, 2008
By Kathleen R. Merrill
BREAKING NEWS — 6:11 p.m. October 31, 2008
Numerous police, paramedic and fire units were called to the scene of a two-car, head-on crash Friday evening that closed Highlands Drive and snarled local traffic during the evening commute.
The crash, in the tight curve on the hill approaching Interstate 90, happened at 5:05 p.m.
Paramedics transported two people to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, said Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich.
One of them was a 21-year-old woman, the driver of a BMW, who was in critical condition, according to Issaquah Police Deputy Chief Steve Cozart. She was heading uphill (southbound) on Highlands Drive, crossed the center line and hit a Toyota Corolla head on, he said.
There were no passengers in either car. When police arrived at the scene, the driver of the Toyota was walking around, Cozart said.
Several fire engines, aid cars, a chaplain and a public information officer from EFR were dispatched to the scene, as well as Issaquah Police and Bellevue paramedics, Soptich said.
Traffic was backed up in several areas, including East Sunset Way leading to Highlands Drive, exits 17 and 18 from I-90 and Front Street South.
There were no signs of alcohol at the scene, Cozart said.
An investigative team from the state Department of Transportation was headed to the scene to take measurements. Washington State Police were directing traffic to Interstate 90, and they blocked traffic on exit ramps going to the Highlands.
Photographer Greg Farrar contributed to this story.