December 16, 2010 in Region

Car hurts 3 pedestrians at Pike Place Market

Associated Press
 

SEATTLE — An out-of-control car careened down a steep hill at Seattle’s Pike Place Market today and injured three pedestrians, police and fire officials said.

One of the victims suffered serious injuries.

Fire Department Lt. Sue Stangl said the Subaru first struck a man, knocking him about 20 feet. It next hit a woman before smashing into a produce truck. The impact shoved the truck into a parked car, pinning a woman who had to be extracted by firefighters.

“He started hitting people like bowling pins. It was horrible,” witness Yaacov Reuven, a market musician, told KOMO-TV.

It was not immediately known what made the driver of the car lose control. He was being questioned by police.

The three pedestrians were taken to Harborview Medical Center where spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Harris said the man in his 50s was in serious condition in the intensive care unit. The two women, one 25 and the other in her 50s, were in satisfactory condition, she said.

The three suffered a variety of injuries, including broken ribs and abrasions, Gregg-Harris said.

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