At 9:42 a.m., our we received multiple 911 calls reporting a dump truck experiencing a catastrophic mechanical failure while traveling westbound, downhill on James St. The truck struck a pedestrian on 2nd Ave., then collided with three vehicles before crashing into a Subway restaurant located on the intersection of 1st Ave., Yesler Way and James St.
We have identified a total of five patients who were treated on the scene:
- Pedestrian hit at 2nd and James St was an approx. 33 year old male transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.
- 25 year old female driver of a white commercial van that was struck near 1st and James St. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition.
- 51 year old male pedestrian reportedly standing on the sidewalk in front of the Subway restaurant. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.
- 44 year old male male reportedly inside the Subway restaurant during the collision. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.
- 37 year old female driver of the dump truck was an adult female who suffered minor injuries and did not require transportation to a hospital.
By 10:10 a.m., our Rescue One company and additional firefighters safely extricated the patient in the white commercial van as well as the driver of the dump truck. Ten minutes later, our incident commander ordered a building evacuation while Seattle City Light cut electricity and Puget Sound Energy secured natural gas lines. This was a precautionary measure as the collision may have caused structural damage. Once everyone was evacuated, crews began extricating the dump truck. Primary and secondary searches confirmed no additional occupants were found inside the building. At 11:30 a.m., the scene was transferred to the Seattle Police Department.