Heading into the office this morning my Twitter feed was full of headlines about the crash in Belltown that started when police witnessed an SUV littering, and ended with two vehicles piled into the side of an apartment building and three people seriously injured.
This morning, just before 6:00 am, a West Precinct patrol officer attempted to pull over a truck near 2nd Avenue and Battery Street after the officer witnessed occupants inside the truck throwing out items. The officer activated his emergency lights in an attempt to pull over the truck. The driver refused to pull over, instead making turns and driving down alleys. The truck increased speed and began to pull away from the officer. The officer shut down his emergency equipment and broadcast the description and direction of the truck for other officers. The truck drove northbound through an alley at a high rate of speed when it collided with a car driving westbound in the 300 Block of Wall Street. The impact of the collision forced the vehicles into the corner of an apartment building on the north side of the street.
Seattle Fire Department responded and had to extricate three people from the truck. They were all transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was also transported to HMC, but had only minor injuries.
Authorities say detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad will conduct an investigation into the crash, and Wall Street between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue will be closed until that investigation is completed.
UPDATE: Seattle Police have released more information about this morning's accident:
The truck involved in this morning's collision in the 300 Block of Wall Street was an unreported stolen vehicle from Seattle. This may account for why the driver failed to pull over. About an hour after the collision, the registered owner of the truck contacted police to report that their truck had been stolen sometime overnight. Officers took a report from the registered owner. Both vehicles involved in the collision have been removed from the scene and Wall Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue has since reopened to traffic. This remains an active investigation.
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