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Tukwila man killed Tuesday in rollover accident on West Valley Highway

Dave West, owner of Simple Floors on the West Valley Highway in Tukwila, and two co-workers were sitting at their desks Tuesday morning when a 1967 Buick rolled over in front of the windows. MIDDLE: The engine of the 1967 Buick was forced from the car when it flipped next to the West Valley Highway. The driver was also ejected. BOTTOM: This 1967 Buick was northbound on the West Valley Highway at about 11:10 a.m. Tuesday when it drifted off the highway, struck two trees and flipped. - Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter
Dave West, owner of Simple Floors on the West Valley Highway in Tukwila, and two co-workers were sitting at their desks Tuesday morning when a 1967 Buick rolled over in front of the windows. MIDDLE: The engine of the 1967 Buick was forced from the car when it flipped next to the West Valley Highway. The driver was also ejected. BOTTOM: This 1967 Buick was northbound on the West Valley Highway at about 11:10 a.m. Tuesday when it drifted off the highway, struck two trees and flipped.
— image credit: Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

A Tukwila man in his 70s died Tuesday morning after his restored 1967 Buick drifted off northbound West Valley Highway and flipped.

Tukwila Police officers identified the man and were attempting to notify family members after the accident at about 11:10 a.m.

Investigators do not believe excessive speed was involved; however, a medical condition may have contributed to the accident, according to Sgt. Doug Johnson, acting supervisor of the Tukwila Police Department Traffic Unit.

Investigators with the King County Medical Examiner's Office arrived at about 1:15 p.m.; they will make a formal identification and determine cause of death.

The car came to rest against the building housing Simple Floors in the 16700 block of West Valley Highway. The car scratched the glass but didn't cause damage to the building. The business remained open.

Simple Floors owner Dave West and two co-workers were working side by side at their desks, their backs to the windows and the highway. They heard a loud noise.

"We all really quickly turned around and saw this car rolling right next to our window," said West.

A co-worker ran out to check inside the car. The driver, who was alone, had been ejected from the car.

The engine also was wrenched from the Buick when it flipped.

When a car rolls over, it's not uncommon for doors and engines to come off and passengers to be ejected because of the twisting forces, according to Johnson.

 

 

 

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