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Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Quick action by Seattle Parks crew, first on scene, helps with response to accident on I-5 ramp

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2/14/2012  4:10:00 PM
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Quick action by Seattle Parks crew, first on scene, helps with response to accident on I-5 ramp

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Northeast grounds maintenance crew members were working along Ravenna Blvd., mulching tree rings, when they heard screeching metal and a crash.

Jon Campbell, Dale McLeod and Marvin Bentley ran to the end of the island they were working on and looked up at the on ramp (NE 65th St. southbound entrance to I-5) and saw a semi truck overturned on its side.

Campbell and McLeod asked colleague Andy Rasmussen to call 911. Bentley blocked the entrance to the freeway with his truck and began directing traffic away from the accident. Campbell grabbed a fire extinguisher in case of fire (none occurred).

Other citizens pulled the driver out of the truck to safety. McLeod and Campbell, seeing spilled diesel fuel, applied wood chips to absorb it.

Fire and police arrived and requested the use of tarps the crew had been using on their project. The Parks crew left the site to help minimize traffic congestion.

“I’m very proud of the crew and their quick thinking,” said Acting Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams. “They did great work seeing what needed to be done until Police and Fire arrived.”

 

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