None seriously injured as collision causes traffic snarl on Lake Hills Connector

Everyone mercifully walked away from an ugly vehicle collision on Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Lake Hills Connector and Richards Road.

The driver of a silver four-door SUV was traveling southbound on Richards Road just before 1 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the single northbound lane where the road meets the Lake Hills Connector, narrowly missed striking a light pole and a fenced body of water and took out bushes and a “no right turns” sign before smashing into the front-right section of a King County Metro bus.

One man on the bus was treated at the scene and released and the driver was treated for non-life threatening injuries, but luckily that was the extent of injuries.

A motorcycle officer from the Bellevue Police Department who arrived to the scene to direct traffic said he couldn’t believe no one was seriously hurt.

The bus, filled with Bellevue College students heading to class, suffered a smashed hydraulic door and body damage but the erratic vehicle lost its entire front end. Both front tires came unattached from the chassis.

The driver was arrested for reckless driving.


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The aftermath of a car crash Thursday afternoon. The driver of the silver vehicle cross a lane of traffic and struck a King County Metro bus stopped at a light. Ryan Murray/staff photo

The aftermath of a car crash Thursday afternoon. The driver of the silver vehicle cross a lane of traffic and struck a King County Metro bus stopped at a light. Ryan Murray/staff photo

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