UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: From Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer: “Our driver is very shaken up by this collision. Anytime there is a collision where someone is hurt or killed, it deeply affects everyone throughout the whole organization. ”
“Metro is safety and customer driven, and our bus drivers work every day to avoid collisions,” Switzer said. “We’re working with Seattle Police to understand the circumstances of this horrible incident, and Metro’s safety officers also are investigating.”
UPDATE 11:20: Seattle Police are investigating the possibility that the victim was down in the street even before the Metro bus came by. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said investigators are still gathering information about the case.
UPDATE 11 a.m.: Metro Transit spokesman Jeff Switzer said the bus driver is male and has been a Metro driver since October of 2010.
PREVIOUS POST: A Metro bus struck and killed a pedestrian near 11th Avenue and Pine Street early this morning.
The victim is a man believed to be in his 20s or 30s, according to Lt. Randy Yamanaka with Seattle police.
Police became aware of the incident a few minutes after 6 a.m. when a person came running into Police Department’s east precinct, which is near the accident scene, saying there had been a serious accident involving a Metro bus.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found a westbound bus at mid-block in the 1100 block of East Pine Street where a person had been hit a the bus and was dead at the scene.
Three passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident. None was injured.
Detectives have interviewed the driver and are talking to the passengers.
A drug recognition expert has been called in, which Yamanaka said is routine in such cases.
Yamanaka said he had no information about the driver.