Driver Hits Five In SoDo (UPDATED)

Seattle police have shut down 1st Ave S between Massachusetts and Holgate after a driver apparently struck four people.

We’ve heard medics and police on the scanner repeatedly referring to “chaos” at the scene.

We’re told someone was hit at the same intersection last week. 911 records indicate someone was injured  near 1st Ave S and Massachusetts  just before 1:00am on October 24th.

The city’s 911 log lists this current call as a “Multiple Casualty Incident,” which isn’t something we’ve seen before. This can’t be good.

Update 11:36pm: At least two victims in critical condition. Medics calls for a blood run.

Driver also transported to Harborview.

Info from scene is that victims were not intoxicated.

Update 11:47pm: We’re told the city has been looking at installing a crosswalk and traffic light at this intersection. Hopefully this lights a fire under their ass.

Update 1:20am: SPD just put out an update on the incident.

On October 28th at approximately 10:53 p.m an adult female driver was traveling southbound on 1st Avenue South in a small pickup truck.  At the intersection with South Massachusetts Street the driver struck five adult pedestrians (one male and four females) who were crossing 1st Avenue. 

All five pedestrians were transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of injuries they sustained in the collision.  One female pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries and the other four pedestrians sustained non-life-threatening injuries.  There were two passengers on board the pickup truck in addition to the driver.  None of the occupants of the pickup truck were injured.

Investigating officers evaluated the driver of the pickup truck for signs of impairment do to alcohol and/or drugs.  The driver displayed indicators of impairment and was subsequently placed under arrest.  Upon completion of processing the driver will be booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Vehicular Assault. 

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.