Fatal Head-on Accident closes Preston Fall City Road Wednesday afternoon

UPDATE | OCTOBER 16th, 3PM

The King County Sheriff’s Office said Preston-Fall City Road has re-opened. A 68-year old man died in the accident and the other driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY

Police say a fatal, head-on collision will have Preston-Fall City Road closed for hours, Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

Early reports from the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) say two vehicles were involved in the crash near the intersection of Preston-Fall City Road and SE 68th Street. The accident occurred around 11AM.

Eastside Fire & Rescue said one of the drivers died at the scene and the other driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

KCSO detectives are currently investigating and the roadway is expected to be closed for hours. Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

Accident scene 10/16/19. Photo: EF&R

Comments

  1. The speed limit needs to be adjusted to 35mph. Though this section

    • I agree completely. Not only that but bicyclists and pedestrians cross just on the Preston side of that bridge. The speed limit is too high.

  2. That bridge is way to narrow. With the turns before and afterwards that makes people semi cut those corners. Nearly everyday I see a car hugging the center lane/on it.

  3. The turn North of that bridge changes radius in the middle, slopes outward away from the turn, and funnels to a terribly narrow bridge mouth. The road is filled with fully loaded semis, and dump trucks with trailers. This road is 45 MPH both ways and is a 90 mile an hour panic attack anytime I enter this gauntlet. Traffic volumes increase on this road annually, and cars end up in that ditch quarterly it seems.
    I’m so sorry for this loss and pray a better plan can be found for this area.

  4. Geralyn Miler Nucci says

    King County Roads department needs to correct the curve coming onto this bridge, it is very narrow and dangerous. I have seen more than one crash there. Changing the speed limit will do no good, people will drive just as fast, whether there is a sign up or not. The road needs to be engineered to meet safety standards. It’s terrible a life was taken.

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