Seattle Police are investigating a collision that occurred between a pedestrian and a Metro bus at Third Avenue and Stewart Street at about 7:15 this morning.
At that time, the pedestrian, a 32-year-old man, walked in front of the bus while it was moving on Third Avenue. Despite being struck by a moving bus, the pedestrian walked away to Fourth Avenue and Pike Street, where he was located and evaluated by Seattle Fire. The man had injuries that concerned the Medics, so he was transported to Harborview Medical Center.
A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officer evaluated the bus driver. Based on his observation, it was determined that the operator was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and was arrested and a blood draw was taken at the hospital, the results of which are pending.
Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) responded and processed the scene. They will be responsible for the follow up investigation. The injuries to the pedestrian do not appear to be life-threatening. After the blood draw, the operator was released to the care of Metro supervisors. This remains an active and on-going TCIS investigation.