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Search to resume for snowshoer

A search was to resume Monday for a hiker who went missing Saturday in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park.

Yong Chun Kim, 66, was leading a snowshoe walk for a Tacoma hiking group when he fell down a steep slope and told the group he would go around and meet them, but he never showed up, said Lee Taylor, a park spokeswoman.

“Time is not the friend of a person who’s out lost in mountain terrain in the winter,” Taylor said.

“The chance (of Kim being found alive) diminishes with every minute that goes by.”

A group of about 50 searchers had to stop looking at nightfall, Taylor said — meaning Kim would have to spend another night outside.

Kim is an experienced snowshoer who has taken many day trips at Mount Rainier, but Taylor said he does not have overnight gear or a sufficient amount of food.

Temperatures were expected to drop to around 12 degrees overnight Sunday, with snow continuing to fall.

The road from Longmire to Paradise will stay closed while the search continues.


Driver hurt as car, streetcar collide

A woman driving a blue Mazda sedan collided with the South Lake Union streetcar Sunday morning at Mercer Street and Westlake Avenue North.

The 31-year-old driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center in serious but stable condition, said Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department.


Restaurant fire empties building

Residents cleared out of an apartment building in the 500 block of Wall Street on Sunday after a fire started in a restaurant kitchen on the building’s first floor.

About 75 residents, many of them holding cats or dogs, stood outside amid falling snow as firefighters responded. No smoke or flames were visible from outside the building.

“We could smell the smoke,” said Deanna Jones, 27, a building resident, who clutched a shaking dog as she spoke.

The smoke spread through the entire building; one person on the 17th floor said there was smoke in the hallway when he was evacuated.

A spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department confirmed the fire began in a kitchen and was out by about 11:30 a.m.


6 injured on I-5 in head-on crash

A northbound car driven by a Seattle man in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Interstate 405 hit a car full of teenagers head-on at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, an official said.

No one was killed, but the driver and the other car’s five occupants were all injured and transported to hospitals. Police said there may have been driving under the influence, according to Julie Startup, a trooper.

The State Patrol first got a call about an erratic driver on I-5; the driver then apparently made a U-turn and began driving the wrong way on the highway.

The five occupants of the other car were ages 16 and 17.

Times staff and news services