December 31—Six patients including two Seattle Firefighters were transported to Harborview Medical Center after a car ran into a Seattle Fire Department Aid Unit. The accident occurred at 12:47 a.m. at the corner of 4th Avenue and Cherry Street in downtown Seattle.
Two firefighters in the Aid Unit were responding with their lights and sirens to an emergency call in the 1300 block of 6th Avenue. The Aid Unit was on 4th Avenue traveling North when, according to witnesses, a silver Infiniti car, traveling Eastbound on Cherry Street, ran the red light at a high rate of speed and hit the Aid Unit.
All 4 patients in the Infiniti were transported to Harborview Medical Center. All four were young men in their 20’s. A Seattle Fire Department Medic Unit transported one patient in serious condition while three others were transported in stable condition by AMR. Two Seattle Firefighters were taken to Harborview Medical Center to be examined and were later released.
The Seattle Police Department’s Traffic Collission Investigation team spent the early morning hours investigating the accident scene. The intersection of 4th and Cherry was shut down for several hours during the investigation.
Due to the damage to the Aid Unit, it was taken out of service and towed to the Charles Street Garage for repairs. The Silver Infiniti suffered extensive damage.
Another Engine Company responded to the original emergency call in the 1300 block of 6th Avenue.