SEATTLE, WA – Tragedy struck as a Metro bus collided with a car in Seattle on Saturday afternoon, resulting in one fatality and injuries to 12 others. The collision took place at an intersection, causing the King County Metro Bus to veer off the road. The bus ultimately struck a pedestrian before crashing into a building. The incident was reported by the Seattle Police Department.
The pedestrian, whose identity remains unknown, tragically lost her life at the scene. The driver of the sedan, a 31-year-old man, had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and was subsequently transported to a hospital in critical condition. Among the 11 bus passengers and the driver, none sustained life-threatening injuries, and all were reported to be in stable condition. Eight of the injured passengers were taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
Fortunately, no occupants were inside the portion of the building that bore the brunt of the bus’s impact, and structural damage to the building was deemed insignificant by the Seattle Fire Department. Initial findings suggest that the red sedan was traveling south on 5th Avenue when it collided with the eastbound Metro Bus on Battery Street. The exact cause of the collision is currently under investigation by local authorities.
Seattle Police have initiated an investigation into the incident, with a focus on evaluating the male sedan driver for any signs of impairment. A Drug Recognition Expert officer will be involved in assessing the driver’s condition to shed light on the circumstances leading to the tragic collision.