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October 26, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Man jogging to work during Viadoom struck by semi-truck

A West Seattle man is recovering at Harborview Medical Center after being hit by a semi-truck while he was jogging to work on Monday.

The man, identified by friends as Tim Nelson, was running to his office downtown as a way to avoid the traffic congestion caused by the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure. But at 8:12 a.m. on Monday, police and medics were called to the intersection of 11th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Spokane Street for reports of an accident.

A witness told police that the jogger ran against the traffic signal and in front of the semi, according to a Seattle police report. Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamison said that no arrests are expected to be made and that the department is still investigating the accident.

Karissa Wood, a friend of Nelson’s, told Times reporter Mike Lindblom that the man had five hours of back surgery yesterday to repair six vertebrae, but his spinal cord was undamaged. Nelson is a member of the Surfrider Foundation and didn’t
have family in Seattle, so his friends, including surfers, are like family, said Wood.

“He should get his strength back,” she said. “He’s still able to crack a joke, which is great.”

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