Man injured in accident on Tiger Mountain early Friday

August 5, 2011

NEW — 12:40 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011

Police said a utility company lineman sustained critical injuries early Friday in a Tiger Mountain neighborhood.

The man, a lineman for Sumner-based Potelco, had been working on a downed pole when a coworker in a work truck ran over him. Medics transported the 40-year-old Buckley man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The accident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. in the 14500 block of Southeast Tiger Mountain Road in the Mirrormont neighborhood, about five miles from downtown Issaquah.

The workers had been replacing a power pole knocked down earlier in the night.

Investigators said the Buckley man had been at work on the downed pole. Then, as he removed a wire that was under tension, the taut wire snapped back and knocked him backwards and under the rear tires the truck. The truck happened to be driving past a slow speed, and he was caught under the right rear tires and run over.

Detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the incident.

Issaquah girl, 9, dies after Bellevue pileup

July 26, 2011

Rachel Beckwith, a 9-year-old Issaquah girl injured in a 14-vehicle pileup in Bellevue early last week, died July 23 from injuries sustained in the crash.

Rachel and a 2-year-old sister rode in a Lexus sedan driven by the girls’ mother, Samantha Paul, as a tractor-trailer jackknifed into a loaded logging truck and spurred the chain-reaction crash.

Medics transported seven people, including a handful of Issaquah residents, to area hospitals in the aftermath.

Only Rachel sustained life-threatening injuries, and responders rushed the girl to Harborview Medical Center.

Rachel Beckwith

Just before 8 a.m. July 20, as traffic slowed due to congestion near the Interstate 405 interchange at 133rd Avenue Southeast, authorities said a tractor-trailer jackknifed into a logging truck in the adjacent lane.

“For whatever reason, whether the semi truck was going too fast, wasn’t paying attention or a combination of the two, for the conditions, he didn’t seem to see that traffic had stopped until the last second,” said Sgt. Keith Trowbridge, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. “At that point, he tried to put the brakes on, but he jackknifed and went into the log truck.”

The impact dislodged the rear axle of the logging truck and sent the piece hurtling into traffic.

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Issaquah girl, 9, injured in 14-vehicle pileup, dies

July 23, 2011

NEW — 9 p.m. July 23, 2011

Rachel Beckwith, a 9-year-old Issaquah girl injured in a 14-vehicle pileup in Bellevue, died Saturday afternoon from injuries sustained in the July 20 crash.

Rachel and a 2-year-old sister rode in a Lexus sedan as the girls’ mother, Samantha Paul, as a tractor-trailer jackknifed into a loaded logging truck and spurred the chain-reaction crash.

Medics rushed seven people, including a handful of Issaquah residents, to area hospitals in the aftermath. Only Rachel sustained life-threatening injuries.

The teaching pastor at at EastLake Community Church, Jeremy Johnson, said Paul suffered head injures in the early morning crash, but is expected to recover. The younger daughter escaped without major injuries.

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Issaquah girl, 9, is in critical condition after 14-vehicle pileup

July 20, 2011

NEW — 4:45 p.m. July 20, 2011

The 14-vehicle pileup along westbound Interstate 90 in Bellevue on Wednesday morning involved six Issaquah residents, including a 9-year-old girl sent to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

Just before 8 a.m., as traffic slowed due to congestion near the Interstate 405 interchange at 133rd Avenue Southeast, a tractor-trailer jackknifed into a loaded logging truck in the adjacent lane.

“For whatever reason, whether the semi truck was going too fast, wasn’t paying attention or a combination of the two, for the conditions, he didn’t seem to see that traffic had stopped until the last second,” said Sgt. Keith Trowbridge, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. “At that point, he tried to put the brakes on, but he jackknifed and went into the log truck.”

The impact dislodged the rear axle of the logging truck.

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Swedish/Issaquah receives official welcome as opening nears

July 12, 2011

Mayor Ava Frisinger welcomes Swedish/Issaquah at the July 7 opening. By Greg Farrar

Swedish Medical Center executives, community leaders and elected representatives stood beneath a banner proclaiming “the future of health care” and cut a blue ribbon July 7 to open Swedish/Issaquah, a $365 million hospital and, officials hope, a model for “green” practices and patient healing.

“When you really believe in something, it is amazing how much you can accomplish when you put your mind to it,” Kevin Brown, Swedish Medical Center senior vice president and chief administrative officer, said at the ceremony. “The residents of the greater Issaquah-Sammamish area put their mind up that they wanted to have a facility, a hospital that they could call home and never gave up on that idea. Neither did Swedish.”

The hospital opens to patients July 14. The portion containing the hospital beds is due to come online in November, months ahead of schedule.

Come July 2012, Swedish/Issaquah is projected to sustain 1,000 jobs.

For the opening celebration, the hospital resembled a hotel lobby more than a health care facility. Sunlight glinted off of the polished terrazzo floor as musicians performed up-tempo numbers and servers in black ties carried platters of cheese and charcuterie through the scrum.

Officials estimated the invitation-only crowd at the ceremony at about 1,000 people.

“Today is truly a day to celebrate,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said to the dignitaries gathered in the atrium and perched on mezzanines overlooking the space.

The mayor then set aside the notes on the lectern and ad-libbed about the differences between the Issaquah hospital and health care facilities from the not-so-distant past.

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Swedish emergency room services to relocate July 14

July 12, 2011

Swedish Medical Center administrators and physicians plan to transfer emergency room services from the standalone facility near Lake Sammamish to Swedish/Issaquah early July 14.

The relocation is poised to unfold in a careful choreography as the initial phase of the hospital opens to patients. Dispatchers plan to direct ambulances to the hospital ER in the Issaquah Highlands starting at midnight.

“We’re doing this transition in the middle of the night because that is our lull point. Typically, the lowest census in any emergency department is that kind of 3-4 a.m. range,” said Dr. John Milne, a Swedish emergency physician and Issaquah resident. “Most sane people are asleep.”

The portion of the hospital for inpatients does not come online until November.

Jeff Griffin, Eastside Fire & Rescue deputy chief of operations, said agency administrators continue to update ambulance crews about the change. EFR emergency crews also toured the Swedish/Issaquah ER to prepare for the transition.

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Swedish/Issaquah receives official welcome as opening nears

July 7, 2011

Dr. Rod Hochman, Swedish Medical Center president and CEO, and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, cut a ribbon Thursday to open Swedish/Issaquah during a VIP celebration. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 8:30 p.m. July 7, 2011

Swedish Medical Center executives, community leaders and elected officials stood beneath a banner proclaiming “the future of health care” and cut a blue ribbon Thursday to open Swedish/Issaquah, a $365 million hospital and, officials hope, a model for “green” practices and patient healing.

“When you really believe in something, it is amazing how much you can accomplish when you put your mind to it,” Kevin Brown, Swedish Medical Center senior vice president and chief administrative officer, said at the ceremony. “The residents of the greater Issaquah-Sammamish area put their mind up that they wanted to have a facility, a hospital that they could call home and never gave up on that idea. Neither did Swedish.”

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Issaquah man injured in wrong-way Everett crash

June 28, 2011

Police said an 18-year-old Issaquah man sustained serious injuries in a wrong-way crash along Interstate 5 in Everett during the June 23 evening commute.

The crash left a 54-year-old Everett man dead. State troopers identified the deceased driver as Eric M. Lans.

Police said Lans’ Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle left the northbound lanes south of 128th Street Southwest, drifted across the median and into the southbound lanes. Then, the vehicle sideswiped a Dodge SUV driven by the Issaquah man and crashed into another SUV.

Medics transported the Issaquah driver, Austin Abendroth, to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to treat leg and pelvis injuries. Abendroth remained in serious condition in the intensive care unit June 24.

The accident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. The ensuing investigation and cleanup required police to shut down all southbound lanes for hours, causing massive traffic congestion.

Troopers said they do not know if alcohol or drug use on behalf of the deceased driver contributed to the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

Issaquah to receive increased Metro Transit service

June 7, 2011

Commuting from Issaquah to “Pill Hill” in Seattle could become more convenient soon.

Route 211 is to be extended to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. The route runs between the highlands and First Hill — nicknamed “Pill Hill” due to the hospitals in the neighborhood.

King County Council members approved the route change and more than 20 other revisions May 31. County Executive Dow Constantine proposed the overhaul in April to accommodate the launch of RapidRide buses between Bellevue and Redmond.

The route changes should start in October as RapidRide buses roll out on the Eastside.

RapidRide is part of the Transit Now initiative adopted in 2006. The initial RapidRide line between Tukwila and Federal Way is popular among riders.

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Issaquah to receive increased Metro Transit service

June 2, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 2, 2011

Commuting from the Issaquah Highlands to “Pill Hill” in Seattle could become more convenient soon.

Route 211 is to be extended to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. The route serves First Hill — nicknamed “Pill Hill” due to the hospitals in the neighborhood.

King County Council members approved the route change and more than 20 other revisions Tuesday. County Executive Dow Constantine proposed the overhaul in April to accommodate the launch of RapidRide buses between Bellevue and Redmond.

The route changes should start in October as RapidRide buses roll out on the Eastside.

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