An emergency medical technician was seriously injured early Sunday morning when he was struck by a pickup truck on Interstate 5. The State Patrol says it was around 1:45 a.m. when a Rural Metro ambulance blew a tire on I-5 South near Boeing Field. David Marston, who was driving the ambulance, pulled over to the right shoulder and got out to set up flares.
A speeding truck came along and crashed into Marston, then smashed into the ambulance. The impact pushed the ambulance forward another 6 feet, nearly causing the ambulance to hit Marston a second time. The 32-year-old EMT suffered severe leg injuries. He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center.
“The fact that he’s alive right now is just amazing to everyone here,” said Trooper Cliff Pratt, who responded to the crash. “We’re just praying he keeps his legs.”
Scott Jones is Marston’s boss and said he’s never seen anything like this in his career. “We don’t want to be patients,” he said. “This isn’t something that we normally think of ourselves in this type of position.”
Jones says Marston still focused on others even as he faced the possibility of losing his own leg. “He was concerned about his partner, and about the vehicle,” he said. “We had to encourage him to take care of himself.” Jones had some good news Monday afternoon in that Marston would not lose his legs. However, Marston was expected to remain hospitalized for several months.
The driver of the pickup truck, a 24-year-old woman who just moved here from Texas, was also injured and taken to Harborview where she was listed in satisfactory condition. Troopers say the woman will be booked for investigation of vehicular assault and driving under the influence