1 man killed, another critically hurt when crushed under bus at Seattle repair shop
SEATTLE (KOMO) – On Friday, one man was killed and another man critically hurt when a bus fell on top of them at the Les Schwab Tire store in the Georgetown area of Seattle.
The two men were working on a charter bus when it collapsed. Seattle firefighters had to remove the two men from underneath the bus when they arrived on scene just after noon.
In a statement, Les Schwab confirmed the two men were employees of the Seattle South location.
“We keenly feel the pain of this tragedy, and our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family,” said Dale Thompson, chief marketing officer. “At Les Schwab, our employees are an extension our families, and we’re focused on supporting the Seattle South crew in any way we can.”
Kristin Tinsley of the Seattle Fire Department said the bus fell on the men when a jack gave out at the tire shop.
Both men were rushed to Harborview Medical Center.
The man who died was 55 years old.
According to the Seattle Fire Department, the 29-year-old was in critical condition when taken to the hospital.
Thompson said they are cooperating with a Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s investigation and said Les Schwab is conducting its own internal review as well.
“For us, safety is always a top priority. We’re committed to keeping customers and employees safe in our stores and on the road. It is standard practice during internal reviews to look for opportunities to further strengthen our safety program,” said Thompson, in a statement.
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries is also investigating the cause of the bus collapse.
No other information was immediately available about the two men.
The Seattle South Les Schwab location will tentatively be closed on Saturday, Dec. 15, according to the Thompson.