A man suffered life threatening injuries Friday morning on Broadway when he reportedly grabbed a pressure washer from a clean-up crew worker and was struck in the throat by its high-pressure blast.
Seattle Fire rushed to the scene at Broadway and Thomas just before 7 AM to find a male in his mid-20s with a two-inch wound to his neck and blood covering the sidewalk. Medics worked to stop the bleeding and rushed the man to Harborview.
According to Seattle Fire radio traffic, the victim appeared to be homeless and was reportedly agitated by the workers using the high pressure hose before grabbing the pressure washer and suffering the horrific injury. UPDATE: CHS has confirmed that the man had been sleeping in the doorway of a business on the west side of Broadway and had been awakened by the cleaning crew so they could wash the sidewalk.
Police were called to the scene to investigate. UPDATE: SPD tells us that several witnesses to the incident have confirmed the basic details of the incident reported by CHS. Police are documenting the incident. According to an SPD spokesperson, the victim was admitted to Harborview for treatment of his injuries.