Pedestrian survives being run over by FedEx truck outside Bellingham emergency room, police say


A FedEx delivery truck ran over a woman across the street from the emergency room of St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham Thursday afternoon.

The woman, 65, was walking west on the sidewalk along a row of tall trees and bushes outside Parkway Medical Center at 2940 Squalicum Parkway around 1:30 p.m., according to Bellingham police. A subcontractor for FedEx had just finished a delivery there when he pulled forward from the two-lane driveway and did not see the woman in time, said Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.

She survived being nearly crushed.

The driver did not feel the impact, according to his report to police. The woman was dragged about 8 feet into the street; her clothes were ripped; and she’d suffered bumps and bruises. She was rushed across the street to the emergency room at St. Joseph – perhaps 300 feet away – where medical staff took X-rays to figure out the severity of any internal injuries, police said.

The woman was able to speak with officers at the hospital, Vander Yacht said.

The road was shut down for about two hours. Police do not consider the crash to be criminal, though the driver could be cited for inattention or failing to yield to a pedestrian.

“There’s no indication that there was anything reckless about this, or that it was on purpose at all,” Vander Yacht said. “The best description would be that there was some degree of inattentiveness on the part of the driver.”

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb