The most read stories on KOMONews.com for 2013

As 2013 comes to a close we went through our site logs to find the most popular stories of the year. As is often the case, this year's list is a mix of bizarre, humorous and tragic news from right here in Seattle and around the world.

Here are the stories komonews.com users clicked on more than anything else in 2013:
 

20) Tornado packing 110 mph winds damages buildings in Frederickson

A small EF-1 tornado touched down in Frederickson on Sept. 30, causing damage to two building's roofs, tipping over rail cars, and causing debris-blown damage to cars in a nearby parking lot.  Full story >>>

 

19) College professor dies after defending woman in stabbing attack

Troy Wolff, 46, who was chairman of the English Department at Shoreline Community College died while trying to fend off a man who repeatedly attacked him and his girlfriend with a knife. Full story >>>

 

18) Homes evacuated after major landslide on Whidbey Island

Residents of a hillside overlooking scenic Puget Sound heard the thunder of a landslide that knocked one home off its foundation, and isolated or threatened more than two dozen others on Whidbey Island on March 27 . Full story >>>

 

17) May Day protests turn violent in downtown Seattle

A mostly quiet and peaceful May Day ended on a sour note Wednesday as destructive protesters smashed windows on Capitol Hill and tossed metal pipes at police cars.. Full story >>>

 

16) Boston Marathon bombing kills 3, injures over 260

Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring 260 others. One of the suspected bombers would eventually die in a shootout with police, while the second suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is in custody awaiting trial. Full story >>>

 

15) 'Horrified' trucker watches I-5 bridge collapse behind him

The trucker was hauling a load of drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him. Two vehicles fell into the icy Skagit River. Full story >>>

 

14) Trash, bullets and feces found in former Sonic Swift's squalid home

A couple bought the Sammamish home of former Seattle Sonic center Robert Swift, but it took a while to get Swift to leave. When the new owners let KOMO News take a peek at what was left behind, we found animal feces on the deck, walls punched out on different levels of the house -- one even had an autograph -- and pizza boxes and beer bottles piled on the kitchen granite.  Full story >>>

 

13) Iconic pie-shaped Seattle home built out of spite up for sale

To neighbors the 830-square-foot house on the corner of 24th Avenue East and East Boston in Montlake is an icon; but what the home, known as the Montlake Spite House, lacks in size it more than makes up for in story, myth and legend. Full story >>>

 

12) Semi driver killed in fiery I-5 crash near Lewis-McChord

A semi truck driver was killed in a fiery crash on Dec. 16 caused by a pickup that veered into oncoming traffic on Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Washington State Patrol reports. Full story >>>

 

11) Neighbor 'goes nuts,' destroys several homes with bulldozer

A man angry at his neighbors went on a rampage in a bulldozer in Port Angeles, damaging four homes, knocking one off its foundation and cutting power to thousands of people, authorities said.. Full story >>>

 

10) Woman, stuck on I-405 after hitting deer, killed in crash with semi

A semi-truck hit and killed 24-year-old Alea Price, who was sitting in her car and waiting for help after she struck a deer on Interstate 405.  Price called 911 several times - and apparently her boyfriend, as well - to report that she was stopped in one of the left lanes on I-405 southbound in Bellevue, but the fatal crash happened before troopers and her boyfriend could arrive. Full story >>>

 

9) Bus driver shot in downtown Seattle; police fatally shoot gunman

A gunman barged onto a bus and shot the driver during rush hour in busy downtown Seattle on Aug. 12, sparking a foot chase that ended when he ran onto another bus carrying about 15 people and was cut down when officers fired through the windows, authorities said. The gunman later died at Harborview Medical Center. Full story >>>

 

8) 1 dead, dozens hospitalized after drug overdoses at music festival

One person died and more than 40 were hospitalized for drug and alcohol-related injuries following weekend-long concert at the Gorge Amphitheater in Central Washington. Originally hospital officials thought the death was related to the drug Molly, but toxicology reports later confirmed the death was meth related.  Original story >>>

 

7) Teen says she was turned away from prom for having large breasts

It's supposed to be one of the most memorable moments of a teen's life, but one Central Kitsap High School student said she was turned away from her senior prom for having a large chest. Full story >>>
 

6) Father accused of putting 6-week-old baby girl in freezer

A six-week old baby was hospitalized after her father reportedly put the little girl in a freezer for an hour to stop her from crying, police said. Full story >>>

 

5) Car thief caught in the act killed in gun battle with former Marine

A suspected car thief who was in the middle of breaking into a pickup truck was shot and killed by the truck's owner and former Marine in Maple Valley in September.  Full story >>>

 

4) Mayor grounds Seattle police drone program

Seattle's mayor Mike McGinn ordered the police department to abandon its plan to use drones after residents and privacy advocates protested. Full story >>>

 

3) Video shows men attacking religious protesters at Pridefest

A protester holding a sign reading "Repent or Else" was attacked by a group of people following a loud argument during Pridefest. Full story >>>

 

2) Police: Soldier fatally stabbed by group of fellow soldiers

Three active-duty soldiers were rrested in connection with the deadly stabbing of another soldier in a Lakewood parking lot in early October. Initially, police feared the motive may have been a hate crime, but further investigation ruled it out. Original story >>>

 

1) Cars, people sent tumbling into Skagit River as I-5 bridge collapses

The most read story on KOMONews.com this year was the Interstate 5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River. An oversized truck struck some of the bridge's overhead supports on May 23, and moments later, a section of the bridge and two vehicles plunged into the water. Luckily, none of the injuries were serious. The severing of the major link between Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle was a blow to the region's economy and created traffic problems for weeks.

The WSDOT was able to quickly get a temporary span in place four weeks later, and then the permanent span was installed on Sept. 16.  Original story >>>