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August 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

5 people hurt in light-rail crash in Rainier Valley

UPDATE, 9:41 P.M. The train sustained substantial damage and was towed from the scene, Seattle police said in a statement released Friday night.

UPDATE, 5:48 P.M.  Full service has been restored on Central Link light rail, using both tracks.

UPDATE, 5:40 P.M.  Sound Transit said light-rail service has resumed, with trains alternating on a single track to get around the crash site. The northbound boarding platform at Columbia City Station remains closed.

EARLIER POST: Five people were hurt this afternoon in a crash involving a light-rail train and a vehicle in the Rainier Valley.

A 6-year-old boy was taken to Seattle Children’s in stable condition. The other four people appeared to be in stable condition, with “aches and pains,” and were taken to Harborview Medical Center, said Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department.  Also, the train operator complained of pain, but was not taken to the hospital, Moore said.

Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray said the train was mostly full, headed south toward Tukwila and SeaTac, when a van heading north on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South illegally turned left in front of the train, at South Brandon Street.  The train operator used the emergency brake, Gray said. There were no immediate reports of passengers hurt by the sudden stop, but firefighters planned to ask everyone about possible injuries.

The crash has blocked light-rail service between the Mount Baker and Othello stations.  Sound Transit and King County Metro sent a group of buses to help, and the No. 8 bus is also available.

Crews are trying to clear the area to allow service on one of the two tracks. The van toppled a pedestrian light signal, said Gray, who could not estimate when train service there would resume.

The crash occurred just before 3:30 p.m., according to Fire Department dispatch listings.

 

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