Detectives are investigating after a truck careened into at least nine other vehicles in South Seattle just before the evening commute.
Witnesses said that just before 5 PM Friday the suspect’s vehicle was traveling at speeds in excess of 65 MPH south along the 9200 block of Rainier Ave. South. They said the 70-year-old driver lost control of his truck and slammed into at least 9 different cars before coming to rest against a tree in the 9400 block of Rainier Ave. South. One of the involved vehicles was a Seattle Police car. The officer, who suffered minor injuries, was able to free himself from his mangled car, make his way through the scene, and place the suspect under arrest before any more damage could be done.
Ten people were injured, two of which were children. Many of the injured people had to be cut from their vehicles by firefighters. Medics transported two adults to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) with critical, but non-life threatening injuries. The remaining eight people were taken to HMC for evaluation.
Traffic collision investigators responded to the scene and are investigating what caused the collisions. A drug recognition expert was called to evaluate the suspect. The driver will be booked into King County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault.