Six people were injured days after Christmas when the driver of a shuttle express van jumped the curb and drove into a Gap store. Police believe the van crash was an accident. Assistant Police Chief Marc Green said the driver lost control of the vehicle after suffering a medical emergency.
The accident occurred at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Pine Street just before noon on December 28th. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) reported that four pedestrians were hit in the accident and several people were later hospitalized. A pedestrian in his 30s was left in critical condition and taken to Harborview Medical Center where he later had surgery.
“The van did not accelerate,” said SPD’s Marc Green. “There was nothing obvious to make this an intentional or deliberate act; it just idles and then rolls through.”
A local resident, John Clarke, witnessed the accident in its totality. “It jumped the curb. I yelled,” said Clarke. “It came toward the building and hit the building.” Clarke said he assumed one of the victims was killed in the accident. No fatalities have been reported.
The collision left The Gap building with severe damage. Clothing, shoes and broken glass were reported to have been strewn across the sidewalk. The driver and a passenger in the van were not injured in the accident.
SPD said they have no reason to believe the collison was intentional.