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Car Nosedives into Ravine on 305: Rush Hour Traffic Slowdown Ensues

At about 4:45 this afternoon, the Bainbridge Fire Department responded to a 911 call about a car that had gone into the ditch on the west side of 305. Witnesses said the southbound vehicle drifted off the road and went up and over the railing. The car ended up nose down into a sheer 15-foot drop…

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Rollover Accident on 305 Caused ‘No Fatalities Within Inches’

A one-car accident on Highway 305 just north of Day Road at approximately 7:30 tonight, August 4, required Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) extraction of the driver and a one-lane traffic closure. Bainbridge Police Officer Trevor Ziemba, who happened to be four cars back from the northbound vehicle when it crashed, witnessed the car swerve…

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Update on Helicopter Crash in Puget Sound

The helicopter that crashed today, July 12, around 3:30, was a privately owned 1958 Bell. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Wilson said the male pilot and his two female passengers had taken off from somewhere in the Seattle area and landed on a privately owned beach in Kingston. Just after they took off again,…

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Helicopter into the Water off Kingston

A 911 call came in at 3:30 this afternoon, July 12, about a helicopter in Puget Sound off Kingston, just off the end of Lindvog Road. North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Aid units responded from Hansville, and the Coast Guard immediately launched a response boat from Seattle. The three occupants of the helicopter swam to…

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Motorcyclist from Kingston Dies in Collision with Fire Truck

Kitsap County Sheriff’s traffic deputies are investigating the death of a motorcyclist that occurred at 11:02 a.m. July 4 in Kingston. Jason T. Foster, 48, reportedly collided with a North Kitsap Fire & Rescue (NKF&R) truck in the intersection of NE West Kingston Road and Miller Bay NE Road. A preliminary report of the accident indicates that Foster was…

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Fawn Disoriented by Fireworks Drowns After Being Chased into the Water by Dogs at Pritchard Beach

This morning, July 5, a fawn wandering alone on Pritchard Park Beach took to the water to avoid off-leash dogs barking at and chasing it. A person who had been collecting fireworks debris on the beach reported the distressed fawn to West Sound Wildlife Shelter (WSWS) on Bainbridge Island. He explained that by the time…

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Procession for Joe Kane

Joe Kane Returns Home with Procession of Firefighters, Friends, and Family

by Sarah Lane with Julie Hall Today, June 2, the body of Seattle firefighter Joe Kane was returned home to his native Bainbridge in a solemn procession, accompanied by friends, family, and colleagues. Kane died Friday in a river rafting accident in Idaho. His body was flown from Idaho to Boeing Field, where it was…

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Driver Airlifted to Seattle After Crashing on Highway 305 at Vineyard Lane

Today, July 2, at 7 a.m. a female driver headed southbound on Highway 305 toward the ferry veered off the roadway, smashed into a speed sign, and ended up in the ditch. Other drivers stopped to assist her out of her vehicle and call 911. According to Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter, the driver,…

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Bainbridge Procession Wednesday for Island-Raised Firefighter Joe Kane

Seattle firefighter Lieutenant Joseph “Joe” Russell Kane, who was born and raised on Bainbridge Island and graduated from BHS, died Friday, June 27, in a rafting accident in Idaho. Tomorrow, July 2, firefighters will pay their respects to their former colleague in a formal procession that starts on the other side of the water and culminates…

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Yet Another Coop Fire Is a Cautionary Tale for Chicken Keepers

Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter is concerned about a pattern of chicken coop fires over the last year or so on the Island. Three of 12 structure fires here have been caused by heat lamps in coops. “That’s a significant percentage,” said Carpenter, “and we think some safety education can help.” The most recent…

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Waypoint Repairs Underway After Dozing Driver Smashes Wall

The wall that runs along the curving border of the Waypoint pedestrian park walkway is currently being repaired after a car struck it on May 10, leaving significant damage. A driver from Port Angeles was heading toward the ferry on Highway 305 at 11:44 in the morning when he crossed the intersection at Winslow Way…

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Two-Car Accident at Baker Hill and Lynwood Center Sends Teen Driver to Hospital

Tuesday, May 27, at 9:35 a.m. a vehicle heading northbound on Lynwood Center Road struck a westbound vehicle pulling out into the intersection from Baker Hill Road. The 17-year-old driver of the first car, a Toyota Rav, was unable to stop and struck the side of the second car, a Honda Civic. The female teen…

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Another Vehicle-Building Collision on Bainbridge

For the fourth time in almost as many weeks, a vehicle has crashed into a Bainbridge business, causing damage but, somewhat miraculously, causing no injuries. This latest incident involved an elderly man parking his sedan at the 911 Hildebrand building for a physical therapy appointment, today, May 28, at about 9:37. He said his foot…

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Bainbridge Cyclist Who Collided with Bus Still in Coma; State Patrol Seeks Accident Witnesses

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is seeking additional witnesses to the accident that left a Bainbridge Island woman in critical condition after colliding with a bus on May 7. She was airlifted to Seattle’s Harborview Hospital from Bainbridge, and as of 12:45 this afternoon, May 16, the injured woman, a doctor, remains in intensive care in critical…

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Accident on 305 on National Bike to School Day Leaves BI Cyclist in Critical Condition

At 6:31 this morning, May 7, National Bike to School Day and one week into National Bike Month, a cyclist at Lemolo and 305 collided with a bus. Poulsbo Fire Department’s Medic 71 drove the injured woman, who is from Bainbridge, to the Bainbridge Island Fire Station 21 helipad at Madison and 305 for an…

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Coast Guard Searching Water off NE Bainbridge for Possible Missing Canoeist

The Coast Guard and Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) and Police Department (BIPD) are currently searching the waters for a person who may have fallen from a canoe off the northeast side of Bainbridge. The search began after a resident on Sunrise Drive spotted a swamped canoe floating off shore today, April 25, and called 911 at…

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Woman Drives Car into High School Road Storefront

Today, April 23, just after 8 a.m., a woman parking in front of an unoccupied retail space on High School Road near Rite Aid, failed to stop. Her car jumped the curb and smashed into the front door, bending it out of the frame and breaking glass. The car, an Acura sedan, appeared undamaged with…

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Emergency Response to Winslow Biking Crash Slowed by Multiple Medic Calls

A delayed response to a biking accident downtown today, April 16, had concerned citizens at the scene wondering when Bainbridge medics would arrive. At about 9:30 a.m. a 43-year-old man on a bicycle lost control, went over his handlebars, and suffered a head injury in the middle of Madison Avenue across from San Carlos Restaurant. An…

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Taxi Van Hits Building at Winslow Way and Ferncliff Avenue

Just before 9:30 this morning, April 14, the driver of a Taxis & Tours van lost control coming out of the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal parking lot and drove into the San Juan Building on Winslow Way near Ferncliff Avenue. The Bainbridge Island Fire Department responded with Medic 21, Engine 21, and their ambulance Aid 22….

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Citizens Who Gave Life-Saving CPR to Chilly Hilly Rider Honored at Fire Dept Ceremony

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) hosted a packed house at the Madison Avenue station tonight, March 27, to honor the fast action of three men who helped save the life of a fellow Chilly Hilly rider last month. After summiting Halls Hill, approximately three-fourths of the way along the challenging 33-mile Chilly Hilly route,…

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