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September 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Truck hits five cars; two catch fire near Seattle’s Pioneer Square

Seattle firefighters search a burned car to see if anyone is inside at the scene of a multiple-vehicle accident in Seattle's Pioneer Square Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Seattle firefighters search a burned car to see if anyone is inside at the scene of a multiple-vehicle accident in Seattle’s Pioneer Square Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

A car is seen exploding into flames on James Street near the intersection of Second Avenue after being struck by another vehicle. (Photo by Wes Paz)

A car is seen exploding into flames on James Street near the intersection of Second Avenue after being struck by another vehicle. (Photo by Wes Paz)

UPDATE: 6 p.m. | No one was in the car (pictured) that exploded into flames on James Street this afternoon, a Seattle Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and began taking the car apart when the owner walked up and identified himself, said Kyle Moore, the fire department spokesman.

Moore also said that two, not three, cars caught fire when a truck crashed near Pioneer Square on Tuesday afternoon. A third vehicle was damaged by the flames, but didn’t catch fire. Five vehicles, including the truck, were damaged, and two of them totaled, police reported.

The driver of the truck was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a shoulder injury, and police said his was the only injury. What caused the truck to crash is under investigation.

The streets have reopened.

ORIGINAL POST | A truck struck five vehicles early this afternoon in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, causing fires in three of the vehicles, according to Seattle police.

Some of those involved in the collisions were injured and the driver of the truck was taken to Harborview Medical Center to be checked out, as a precaution, according to the Seattle Fire Department. Details on all the injuries weren’t immediately available.

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