4 killed, dozens hurt when 'duck' vehicle collides with tour bus in Seattle | us news

4 killed, dozens hurt when ‘duck’ vehicle collides with tour bus in Seattle

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A look at duck boats and crashes in the US.

The deadly crash on a Seattle bridge involving an amphibious vehicle and a charter bus is not the first mishap on the nation’s roads and waterways involving “duck boats.” A look at the industry and past accidents: The U.S. The company that owns the Seattle amphibious vehicle says its pilots are Coast Guard-certified captains and also have commercial driver’s licenses that allow them to drive on the road. “Don’t fret, before you even step on board your fun-filled tour of Seattle, your Captain has completed an intense and rigorous training program!” the company says on its website. Thirteen people died in 1999 when an amphibious boat sank to the bottom of Lake Hamilton in Arkansas in an accident the National Transportation Safety Board blamed on inadequate maintenance.

Two Hungarian tourists were killed in 2010 when a sightseeing duck boat was hit by a barge on the Delaware River near Philadelphia, sinking it in water about 55 feet deep. He had been stopped at a traffic signal, and when the light turned green, he was suddenly overtaken by the duck boat — which only stopped when pedestrians began banging on the hull and screaming at the driver. At the time, Porter’s lawyer turned up two other recent cases in which duck boats had rear-ended vehicles at stoplights — and in both cases, the drivers told police they couldn’t see the other vehicle because of the height of their own, collision reports said.

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