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October 13, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Pedestrian hit by bus near West Seattle Junction

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Seattle police inspect a Metro bus that struck a pedestrian near California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street in West Seattle on Monday morning. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Update at 9:46 a.m.: California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street have been reopened, according to Seattle police.

 

Original post: A woman in her late 20s or early 30s was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after being run over by a Metro bus in West Seattle Monday morning, said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

The incident happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. at Southwest Alaska Street and California Avenue Southwest.

Police said the woman had been sleeping on the sidewalk at the bus stop, and rolled under the Route 50 bus as it was pulling away.

Witness Scott Shaules said she had gotten up and moved toward the bus when she was struck. “The bus driver didn’t see her and closed the door,” he said. It wasn’t clear if she became trapped in the door, or if she was trying to get on the bus.

Her injuries were initially described as life-threatening, but police later said they are not, though she did suffer several broken bones.

Eastbound Alaska is closed while the investigation continues, and a temporary bus stop has been set up on 44th Avenue Southwest, the West Seattle Blog reports.

 

 

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