Shoreline man had to be cut from car after colliding with a utility pole in Lynnwood

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Photo from South County Fire

Thanks to for this reporting. The driver's name has not been released.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle collision that occurred late Thursday morning, February 10, 2021 when a vehicle went off the road and struck a light pole on the ramp from 44th Avenue West to southbound I-5 in Lynnwood.

Emergency crews responded around 11:30am after the driver — a 35-year-old Shoreline man — lost control of his vehicle and hit a light pole, causing it to fall on top of the vehicle.

South County spokesperson Leslie Hynes said it took firefighters 16 minutes to free the driver. He was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time of the collision, she added.

The driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. While Harborview is the preferred location for serious or critical injuries, state patrol spokesperson Trooper Rocky Oliphant said the driver was transported there because of the nature of the collision.

The collision is being investigated by the state patrol and Oliphant said preliminary evidence points to the driver’s speed being a possible cause. However, he added that investigators have not yet spoken to him.

“It’s anticipated that he’s going to be issued a speeding ticket,” Oliphant said. “(Investigators) would like to talk to the guy first to hear what happened.”

–By Cody Sexton


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