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March 12, 2010 at 9:07 PM

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Car slams into tree near Seattle's Pioneer Square

Posted by Cathy McLain

From staff reporter Brian Rosenthal

A car speeding along First Avenue downtown Friday night left the northbound lane, struck a tree in the median, slammed into a parked car in the southbound lane and ended up on its side.

The man driving the red Volkswagen Jetta apparently told police he had been drinking before the crash, Seattle Police Department officer Jonathan Young said. The driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries. Nobody else was hurt.

The crash occurred just before 8 p.m. near the intersection of First Avenue South and South Jackson Street, about two blocks northwest of Pioneer Square. Traffic in the southbound lane was temporarily blocked.

People walking by the scene marveled at the unusual sight of the car on its side.
"How'd he do that?" one asked.

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