Cupcake Royale Van Engulfed in Flames, Snarls Morning Traffic

The van caught fire on the Alaskan Way Viaduct this morning.
| Updated: November 27, 2018
RIP Pinkie the van.

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.

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.


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