Man dies of exposure at Seattle light-rail station

The eovernight shelter at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall will stay open through Sunday night.

Associated Press

SEATTLE — The King County Medical Examiner’s Office says a 59-year-old man died of exposure at a light-rail station in Seattle.

The Seattle Times reports that Derek C. Johnson was found sometime before 5:30 a.m. Thursday at the Sodo station. He had no permanent address.

It was the first hypothermia-related death reported in King County since a cold snap arrived in the region early this week.

Officials and homeless-service providers have been working to try to ensure the survival of thousands of people living unsheltered in King County with a snowstorm expected to hit the region. That’s meant opening shelters and paying for hotel rooms for those who need help.

Seattle planned to keep its emergency overnight shelter at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall open through at least Sunday night.

Talk to us

More in Northwest

Washington contact tracers making calls to help fight virus

People notified of their potential exposure will not be told the name of the infected person.

U-1 Miss HomeStreet driven by Jimmy Shane, left, and U-9 Sound Propeller Services Presents Les Schwab Tires driven by Andrew Tate race during the Seafair Hydroplane race Sunday afternoon in Seattle on August 7, 2016. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)
Annual Seafair festival in Seattle canceled

Organizers of the longtime annual festival in Seattle announced its major events will not happen.

2 new cases of Kawasaki-like disease in children in state

Symptoms include fever, rash, conjunctivitis, and swollen hands, feet, lymph nodes and lips.

‘Alarming’ number of motorcycle fatalities to start the year

Twenty-five motorcyclists have died so far this year throughout Washington state.

‘Hundreds of millions’ in bogus jobless benefits paid out

Washington state has been reported as the top target of a Nigerian fraud ring.

GOP lawmakers are getting tired of Inslee’s pandemic powers

Some want a special legislative session, saying “it is time for the legislative branch to intervene.”

State sues Trump over college students’ coronavirus aid

AG Ferguson says over 85,000 students who desperately need financial assistance have been excluded.

EPA says federal dams raise water temperature in Snake River

The warmer water can cause fish to stop their migrations and swim around aimlessly, as though lost.

State sues an Arlington gym for violating stay-home order

“It is my constitutional right to be open,” says a co-owner of PA Fitness. He plans to countersue.

Most Read