Van crashes into crowded store near Seattle, injuring 11 | CBC News

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Van crashes into crowded store near Seattle, injuring 11 | CBC News

A man driving a van apparently being used as a getaway vehicle crashed into a crowded clothing store near Seattle, injuring 11 people, including a 2-year-old child who was in critical condition, police said.

The driver of the van tried to take off at a high speed after a woman, who had apparently shoplifted inside the Ross Dress for Less store, got into the vehicle, said Sgt. Ryan Abbott of the King County Sheriff’s Office.

“The male driver was the getaway driver for the female that was shoplifting inside the Ross,” Abbott said. The van hit an unoccupied car in front of the store before crashing through the store’s windows.

The van crashed into a Ford sedan before continuing into the store injuring multiple people. (Andy Bao/The Seattle Times via The Associated Press)

“A lot of people started fleeing as soon as the van came in,” Abbott said. “People were scattering of course and trying to get away.”

The vehicle hit a stroller with a 2-year-old boy in it and several other people. The boy, his 41-year-old grandfather and a man in his 30s were critically injured and taken to Harborview Medical Center, according to the sheriff’s office.

The toddler remained in critical condition Tuesday morning, and one man was in the intensive care unit, Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg told the Seattle Times.

Gregg did not have an update on the condition of the other man. Eight others were also injured and taken to hospitals.

The van’s 51-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault and driving under the influence of drugs, Abbott said. The female passenger was arrested on a previous warrant and suspicion of shoplifting.

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