Bystanders try to save motorcyclist trapped under van in Ballard

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Seattle firefighters rescued a motorcyclist who was trapped under a van after a crash in Ballard Thursday night, Nov. 10, 2016. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - A group of bystanders rushed to help a motorcyclist trapped under a van after a crash in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood Thursday night.

Police said the motorcycle and van collided just before 8:00 p.m. on Northwest Market Street near 24th Avenue Northwest. The van somehow ended up on top of the motorcyclist.

"There was a swarm of pedestrians reaching under the car trying to grab what looked like a person," said Amber Vincent who drove by the crash. "(They were) trying to lift the sides of the van to where you could see the motorcycle."

Vincent said fire crews arrived a short time later, moved everyone away from the van and then worked to free the trapped motorcyclist.

"The paramedics were able to just come right in, jack the car up, get the person out and get them into the ambulance," said Vincent.

Firefighters said the man in his 30's was taken to Harboview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

No word yet on his condition.

Police are still investigating how the accident happened.