DUI driver ran light, struck Metro bus in Burien, police say

Investigators say DUI driver ran light, struck Metro bus in Burien (PHOTO: KOMO News)

BURIEN, Wash. - A suspected drunk driver sped through a red light before slamming into a Metro bus on S 128th Street Thursday night, according to investigators.

As many as 10 people were aboard that bus. Many are now hurt and at least one person went to the hospital.

The bus was coming down the off-ramp from SR 509 when the driver saw the green light and continued into the intersection, said Sgt. Ryan Abbott with the King Co. Sheriff’s Office. The driver of the pick-up was speeding according to witnesses, and didn’t stop for the traffic signal.

“He ran through the red light, striking the bus,” Abbott said. “It was a pretty significant impact."

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The pick-up driver was also badly hurt and went to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Abbott said they quickly determined he was under the influence.

“This just shows what somebody drinking and driving can do,” Abbott said.

Prior to crashing into the bus, the pick-up driver also hit a parked car in White Center, investigators said. However, no one was injured in that initial collision.

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