Multiple vehicle crash causes long delays

2 cars and motorcycles involved in accident
By Brandon Gustafson | Jun 20, 2018

Just as summer’s annual traffic congestion on the Mukilteo Speedway was kicking in, a multi-car, multi-motorcycle crash caused delays last Saturday, June 16.

According to Mukilteo Assistant Police Chief Glen Koen, a group of four motorcyclists was riding south away from the ferry when a car in front of the group stopped directly ahead of them.

“The vehicle in front of the lead cycle stopped, and it’s unclear if their brake lights were working,” Koen said. “The lead cyclist realized he couldn’t stop, and he laid his bike down, causing the motorcycle directly behind him to swerve and hit another car.”

Two motorcycles and two other vehicles were involved in the accident, which caused significant traffic delays on the Speedway near 5th Street.

The accident occurred around noon near the 800th block of the Speedway, and all traffic between Goat Trail Road and 5th Street.

“All lanes of traffic were shut down for about 30 minutes,” Koen said.

He said some cars were redirected through Washington Avenue and Lincoln Avenue onto 5th Street in order to get to the ferry terminal, but most traffic was cleared and resumed normally after about 30 minutes.

“Although it was significant, it wasn’t too prolonged,” he said.

The two motorcyclists involved were banged up, but weren’t seriously injured, Koen said.

“One of the riders had a slight head injury that was caused by his helmet popping off during the accident,” he said. “The other cyclist involved suffered some rib injuries, but that was it.”

To make the situation even more unique, the motorcyclists were deaf.

“Luckily, Officer (Peg) Bohan is fluent in sign language, and was on the scene to help translate for other officers,” Koen said.

According to the Washington State Ferry’s Twitter page, wait time for the ferry was between two and three hours following the crash.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. Check mukilteobeacon.com for updates.

 

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