Seattle Fire and Seattle Police rushed to the scene just a block from Fire Station 25 and the East Precinct around 6 PM to the report of the work truck hauling construction equipment up on the sidewalk on the north side of E Pine just above 12th Ave.
A Seattle Fire spokesperson said the responding crew “extricated the patient” who was then transported to Harborview in serious condition. The victim was reported to be a male in his 70s.
E Pine between 12th and 13th was closed to traffic during the response and SPD investigation. The truck and flatbed trailer along with a backhoe apparently tipped from the truck during the incident could be seen up on the curb where it had collided with the building home to The Dental Shoppe and Bang Salon but appeared to have caused only minor damage to the structure.
UPDATE: Preliminary information at the scene from SPD indicates that the crew was loading an excavator onto the trailer when the flatbed crashed into the building and struck the man, leaving him significant but not life threatening injuries.
The incident happened at the location of a Metro bus stop.
The AA Asphalting truck and work equipment was in the area as crews complete a multi-month Puget Sound Energy natural gas main replacement project throughout Pike/Pine. The same project has just recently completed work to restore the neighborhood’s rainbow crosswalks that were damaged during pavement work in the area.
Because it involved a work site incident, the state’s department of labor and industries will be investigating the crash.
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