26-year-old recovering after scary collision with semi in Sodo

Image from SPD. You can see the man's "Give Cyclists Three Feet" sticker in his spokes.

Image from SPD. You can see the man’s “Give Cyclists Three Feet” sticker in his spokes.

Firefighters had to use emergency airbags to free a 26-year-old who was struck and trapped under a semi truck near 4th and Spokane in Sodo Monday.

Images from the scene are frightening, and Seattle Police describe the victim’s injuries as “severe scrapes and fractures.” He was conscious at the scene and his injuries were described as not life-threatening.

The exact details of how the collision happened are not yet available. Here are the details so far from SPD:

A 26-year-old bicyclist suffered severe scrapes and fractures and was briefly pinned under a semi-truck after a collision in the SODO neighborhood Monday evening.

Officers and firefighters responded to 4th Ave South and South Spokane Street Just after 3 PM after receiving a report of a bicycle and semi-truck collision. The cyclist had been struck by the truck and pinned under the front axle.

Firefighters used industrial airbags to lift the truck away from the injured-but-conscious cyclist. After being freed, medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Traffic Collision detectives are responding to the scene to investigate the incident.  The southbound lanes of 4th Ave South and westbound lanes of S Spokane Street will be closed during the investigation, likely impacting traffic in the area.

This is the second very serious collision involving a person walking or biking and a large commercial vehicle in the past week. Rebecca Scollard was killed in a collision with a CleanScapes garbage truck last week on First Hill.

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6 Responses to 26-year-old recovering after scary collision with semi in Sodo

  1. Andy says:

    Ugh, that’s scary.
    Hope the cyclist recovers quickly.
    Ride safe out there, everyone.

  2. Lars says:

    Pretty sketchy details to figure out what happened.
    http://cloud3.wsbcdn.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/IMG_8799-1-e1407196640651.jpg

    In the above pic it looks like the truck turned right (west) off of 4th ave going southbound. Was the cyclist going south, crossing at the crosswalk? The rear truck wheels are in the right lane and the front wheels are in the left lane, which looks like the truck was making a turn.

    I hope he recovers okay.

  3. lars says:

    Here is a link to King 5 coverage of the incident. It shows the truck was turning west off of 4th ave and hit the rider at the intersection. The rider was either going north or south at the crosswalk on 4th ave or the rider was going west on Spokane.

    http://www.king5.com/news/cities/seattle/Bicyclist-trapped-under-semi-truck-in–269896531.html

  4. Kate Hotler says:

    Does this guy have insurance? Velosurance? Can we send flowers & a Chrome gift certificate, or Kickstarter him a new bike?

  5. Gabe says:

    I’m doing OK…. just waiting to be able to get back on a bike.

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