BELLEVUE, WA — Bellevue confirmed its first traffic death of the year this week after a King County Metro bus and a car crashed head-on Monday morning at the intersection of 156th Avenue Northeast and Northup Way.
In a news release Tuesday, the city said a passenger car heading west on Northup entered the intersection as the bus turned left onto northbound 156th, leading the vehicles to crash straight into each other. Medics rushed the driver to Overlake Medical Center, but the passenger was declared dead at the scene. The driver is expected to survive, and no one aboard the bus suffered injuries.
Police said there were no signs of impairment in either driver, and speed was not a factor in the crash. An full investigation into what caused the crash is underway.
Find out what’s happening in Bellevuewith free, real-time updates from Patch.
“During this difficult time, we extend our sincerest condolences to the family who lost a loved one,” said assistant transportation director Chris Long. “We will continue to work with our partners in the Police Department on this ongoing investigation and to advance our goal to eliminate serious and fatal collisions in Bellevue by 2030 through our Vision Zero Strategic Plan.”
Get more local news delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for free Patch newsletters and alerts.
The rules of replying:
- Be respectful. This is a space for friendly local discussions. No racist, discriminatory, vulgar or threatening language will be tolerated.
- Be transparent. Use your real name, and back up your claims.
- Keep it local and relevant. Make sure your replies stay on topic.
- Review the Patch Community Guidelines.
Source: Bellevue Patch