Bus, amphibious vehicle crash in Seattle; 2 dead, 9 critical

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Ride the Ducks’ tour vehicle, bus collide in Seattle, killing 2.

Update at 12:51 p.m..: Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins confirms four people are now dead in the crash. “This is a terrible tragedy,” said Mayor Ed Murray.

SEATTLE (CBS) — Four people were killed and 12 were critically injured after a Ride The Ducks vehicle collided with a charter bus on Aurora Bridge Thursday morning. One of the vehicles involved was an amphibious, military-style bus operated by a tour company called “Ride the Ducks.” The tours are known for exuberant drivers and guides who play loud music and quack through megaphones as they lead tourists around the city. Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Sue Stengl says it is her understanding the two confirmed fatalities are from the charter bus, which was reportedly carrying North Seattle college teachers and international students.

Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said the hospital expected to treat up to 10 of the most seriously injured victims, while as many as 15 others were being dispersed to other hospitals in the area. The duck boat then hit another car with a roof rack then went head on into the into oncoming tour bus,” he said. “The scene was pretty gruesome ….

The company was involved in two other collisions in recent years, in December 2010 and June 2011, when different Duck drivers rear-ended passenger vehicles at Third Avenue and Pike Street and at Aurora Avenue North and Denny Way. No one was injured, but both Duck drivers told officers they didn’t see the cars because of the height of their own vehicles, according to the collision reports.

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