Monday morning in Seattle began the way most mornings here do: with maddening reports of traffic congestion that make us question our very existence.
One of this morning’s logjams was caused by an accident involving Pinkie, Cupcake Royale’s adorably named delivery truck. It’s unclear what caused the incident near Highway 99 and the Seneca Street exit, but around 6:35 a.m. all northbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct were blocked, reported the West Seattle Blog. Traffic was backed up past the West Seattle Bridge and buses were being rerouted. Images of the pink van engulfed in flames emerged on social media.
According to the cupcake makers, the driver escaped unscathed and the Seattle Department of Transportation reported that the road was cleared by around 9 a.m., though there were some lingering delays.
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 2, 2017
Alas, our cute delivery van is no more. It was named Pinkie. This morning it suffered in an unfortunate accident on the Viaduct, which left it totaled. Most thankfully, our awesome driver was unharmed. Thank you to all who have expressed concern. Now Team Cupcake is hard at work baking and delivering new cupcakes and keeping operations running normally. It’s been a day of bad news but our team is handling it like the pros they are. We’ll miss you Pinkie. #rippinkie
Given the scope of the fire, it’s fortunate the bringer of delicious cupcakes was unharmed, but we’ll pour out a little melted frosting for Pinkie the van.