Half a dozen people have been hospitalized after a shuttle van ran into pedestrians and crashed into a building at a busy intersection in downtown Seattle, Washington. Police are treating it as a traffic accident.
The crash was reported at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Pine Street at 11:55 local time (1955 GMT).
UPDATE: Southbound lanes on 5th Ave from Olive Way to Pike St is blocked due to collision. Westbound on 5th Ave & Pine St also blocked. Use alt routes. pic.twitter.com/U5GorP01vb
— SDOT Traffic (@SDOTtraffic) December 28, 2017
Two of the victims were a man and a woman walking with a young child, according to a witness quoted by the Seattle Times. The child was not struck.
The shuttle van’s driver was having a “medical emergency” when the crash happened, KOMO-TV reporter Kara Kostanich said, citing the Seattle Police Department.
The incident is not terrorism-related, Kostanich said. Two of the injured are in serious condition, she added, quoting the SPD.
Police said the incident is being investigated by traffic detectives.
Traffic Collision detectives will be conducting the investigation of the van into the building. @SeattleFire transported four individuals to the hospital. Will update when we can, but expect this intersection to remain closed for a while during investigation.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) December 28, 2017
The intersection remains closed to traffic until further notice.