Axle from duck boat in deadly Seattle crash ‘sheared off,’ Feds say

27 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Axle from duck boat in deadly Seattle crash ‘sheared off,’ Feds say.

SEATTLE – The left front axle of the duck boat involved in a deadly Seattle accident was “sheared off,” but federal investigators said Saturday they don’t know if it was damaged before the collision with a charter bus that killed four international college students. Brown said her operation hasn’t changed any procedures, but the owners and safety team would evaluate the situation after the federal investigation is complete. Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission spokeswoman Amanda Maxwell said the amphibious vehicle involved in the crash – known as Duck No. 6 – underwent regular annual examinations by a federally-certified inspector, most recently in 2015 and 2014, and met federal standards.

Barb Graff, Seattle’s director of the Office Emergency Management, said a private location has been established for families of the deceased and injured, where city, county and Red Cross workers are offering assistance and mental health counseling. Several hotels in Seattle are making rooms available to the families free of charge, Graff said, and Delta and Alaska airlines are helping with flights.

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