Reader Xtine asked about all the emergency vehicles at 28th and Yesler last night:
Just drove by (8:20pm) and Yesler is blocked off at MLK just like the night Officer Brenton was shot, when I drove by shortly after that happened. Plenty of patrol cars and what looked like a black paddy wagon.
Unfortunately, it looks like another emergency responder was hurt. A firefighter responding to a medical call at 28th and Yesler Tuesday night ended up in the hospital after being struck by a car at the intersection.
A lengthy investigation tied up the intersection of 28th and Yesler as police evaluated the driver for signs of impairment. According to the SPD report, the driver showed no signs of driving under the influence and said the sun was in her eyes at the time of the collision.
The firefighter was evaluated at the hospital and released without serious injury. The full report from SPD on the incident is below.
On September 6th, at approximately 6:40 pm, a Seattle Fire Fighter was assisting in backing an ambulance, which had just responded to a medical call, from 28th Avenue onto East Yesler Way.
A driver in a Toyota Camry, travelling westbound on East Yesler Way, did not see the Fire Fighter due to the setting sun in her eyes. Unfortunately, the driver was unable to stop the Camry before striking him. The Fire Fighter hit his head on the windshield of the car before hitting the ground. He was immediately attended to by the other Fire Fighters and then transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he was checked out and later released. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) responded to the location and processed the scene. The driver was evaluated for any signs of impairment, but none were detected. The driver was interviewed and released. TCIS will continue to follow up on the investigation.