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August 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

4 on sidewalk injured when Metro bus tire explodes

Sandra Dodge, a transit safety officer with the King County Metro Transportation Department,  speaks on the phone regarding the bus with a blown out tire on S. Jackson St. near 12th Ave. S. in Seattle Friday morning. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Sandra Dodge, a transit safety officer with the King County Metro Transportation Department, speaks on the phone regarding the bus with a blown tire on South Jackson Street near 12th Avenue South in Seattle Friday morning. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Four people, including three young children, were injured Friday morning when they were hit by pieces of a Metro bus tire that exploded in the Chinatown International District.

Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said two boys and a girl, all under age 6, and a woman suffered abrasions when they were hit with bits of the tire at 12th Avenue South and South Jackson Street.  The victims were all standing at a bus stop at the time.

Moore said their injuries did not appear serious, but as a precaution the victims were being taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Metro spokeswoman Rochell Ogershok said it was a rear tire on the Route 7 bus. The cause was not immediately known.

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