5th crash victim dies; NTSB says Duck did not receive recommended safety fix

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Duck boat in Seattle crash didn’t have recommended fix, NTSB says.

A duck boat involved in a deadly Seattle traffic crash did not have an axle repair that was recommended for the amphibious vehicle in 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday.SEATTLE (AP) — State lawmakers are asking transportation officials how to improve safety on Seattle’s Aurora Bridge, where a crash between an amphibious Ride the Ducks vehicle and a charter bus Thursday killed four people and injured dozens. Reuven Carlyle said he’s drafting a letter from lawmakers calling on the city and state transportation departments to analyze options for making the bridge safer.

Investigators said Saturday that the left front axle of the duck boat was sheared off, but they hadn’t determined if that damage happened before the collision or during it. In 2003 the state DOT recommended moving the bridge’s sidewalks below the road deck, to allow wider car lanes and a 2-foot-wide median barrier, at a cost of $29 million.

A fifth student, a 20-year-old woman attending North Seattle College, died Sunday, according to Harborview Medical Center, where more than a dozen people remain hospitalized from the accident.

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