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September 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Man falls off freeway overpass in Seattle and lands on car

Update 2:53 p.m:

A 70-year-old driver whose vehicle was struck by someone who either jumped or fell from a downtown freeway overpass has been hospitalized with neck and back injuries, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

The State Patrol initially reported that the driver, whose windshield was struck, was not hurt.

The man who either jumped or fell is described as a 25-year-old who suffered life-threatening injuries, according to the fire department.

Original post:

A man fell from an Interstate 5 overpass at Spring Street in downtown Seattle and landed on a car below early this afternoon.

Authorities don’t know if the man jumped or fell.

Authorities were called to the southbound lanes of I-5 at the Washington State Convention Center  just after 1 p.m. for a report of a person having fallen from the overpass and hitting a car. The people inside the vehicle were not hurt, said State Patrol spokesman Chris Webb.

Early reports indicated that the person who fell was a woman, but both Seattle police and the State Patrol now say the person is a man.

The man was conscious and breathing when medics arrived, according to police. He was hospitalized with critical injuries, authorities said.

Traffic on I-5 through downtown is snarled because of the incident. WSDOT said the carpool lane near Seneca Street is open to help alleviate congestion. Traffic was backed up for miles as a result of the incident.

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