Police say they don’t know what happened to cause a 48-year-old Bellevue woman to die under the wheels of a Metro bus, this evening.
The woman, a regular on the Metro route, stepped off the bus at her usual stop in East Bellevue at Northeast 10th Street and Northup Way after saying good-bye to the driver and several other passengers, according to police.
The bus driver began to drive away “when he heard a thump, thump,” said Bellevue Police Department spokeswoman Carla Iafrate.
He stopped immediately, Iafrate said, and found the woman in the roadway. He and several passengers called 911 shortly after 6:30 p.m., Iafrate said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Metro representatives and members of the Washington State Patrol commercial vehicle squad are at the site of the accident, she said. Iafrate said there was no evidence drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, but, as per protocol, tests will be run on the bus driver.
Iafrate said Northup Way, from 173rd Avenue to Northeast Eighth Street are closed and will remain closed for several hours.
The woman in Bellevue was the second to be hit by a Metro bus on Thursday. At 8:30 a.m. in Seattle, a 51-year-old woman stepped off the curb on Third Avenue at Pine Street and was struck by a northbound bus.
Seattle police said the bus driver had the green light and the right of way.
That woman was listed in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center with potentially life-threatening head injuries.