There was a scary scene Thursday afternoon in the International District. Right before 2 p.m., a car crashed into the storefront of Dim Sum King, injuring seven people, including a cashier at the beloved restaurant on S Jackson Street. Six were hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center (HMC), and two are in critical condition, says an HMC spokesperson.
According to the initial Seattle Police Department (SPD) report, the accident occurred when the driver of a Toyota Camry accelerated backwards, over the sidewalk and into Dim Sum King after apparently attempting to park the car. The Seattle Fire Department found one male victim pinned behind the vehicle at the scene, but were able to transport him and three others to the hospital (two more people later went to HMC on their own, while one other victim was injured but did not need to be hospitalized). SPD said that it does not appear that there was any structural damage to the building; officials are continuing to investigate the incident.
On Facebook, the restaurant released a statement wishing all the victims well and mentioning that Dim Sum King — which has been a comfort food staple in the neighborhood for more than 10 years — would close until the end of next week.
“It’s been a tough time, having to weather through the hardships that we’ve all felt throughout this pandemic, and while this incident surely deepens that wound, we are appreciative of all the support you’ve already given us during this time,” the statement said.
Eater Seattle reached out to Dim Sum King for further details, but did not hear back before publication. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.
- Dim Sum King [Facebook]
- Detectives Investigating Vehicle Building Collision, Several People Injured [SPD Blotter]