Federal agency plans briefing on deadly Seattle bus crash

27 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

4 killed in crash were global students.

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into the deadly crash of a duck boat and a charter bus on a busy Seattle bridge is expected to take months. Though the exact cause of the crash is not known, Kerns overheard one tourist say that a tire on the Duck blew, causing the vehicle to crash into the side of the bus. 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. Brian Tracey, president of Ride the Ducks Seattle, which is independently owned and operated, said Thursday that it was too early to speculate about what happened. In both cases, the drivers told police they couldn’t see the other vehicle because of the height of the duck boats, he said. “We’ll be looking at the entire fleet, all their drivers.

A typical investigation lasts a year, Weener said.Even before the crash, calls had emerged for greater oversight and even an outright ban on the military-style vehicles that allow tourists to see cities by road and water.Critics say the large amphibious vehicles are built for war, not for ferrying people on narrow city streets.WATCH: Passengers on bus involved in deadly multi-vehicle crash in Seattle react Now it’s time to just put our heads thoughtfully together as a city, as a state, and as a neighborhood and figure out how to move forward”, said State Representative Reuven Carlyle, who represents the 36th Legislative District. Three dozen people were on board the duck boat, as well as the driver, who is certified by the Coast Guard and a licensed commercial driver, company President Brian Tracey said.

A so-called duck boat was ferrying tourists across a crowded Seattle bridge Thursday when the vehicle suddenly swerved into the students’ oncoming charter bus. Warren Brown, the president of the school, on Friday identified three of the dead as Claudia Derschmidt, a 49-year-old from Austria; Privaudo Putradauto, 18, from Indonesia; and Mami Sato, 37, from Japan. Army deployed thousands of amphibious landing craft during World War II. “This is a major investigation as far as we are concerned”, NTSB member Earl Weener said. The collision on the Aurora Bridge, which carries one of the city’s main north-south highways, left behind a tangled mess of twisted metal and shattered glass.

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 international and domestic flights. The North Seattle College, which the international students onboard the bus attended, has also established a support center for families or students affected by the tragedy. The bridge has been the focus of scrutiny over the years due to safety concerns. “I just immediately got up, which I shouldn’t have done, and looked for mom and dad and had to lay back down”.

While Murray noted the bridge is “structurally sound”, barriers between the two directions of traffic could be considered. “It was to be a fun introduction to Seattle”, she said. Elizabeth Van Inwegen cleared her schedule Friday morning to attend the meeting at the college, where she’s worked for the past two years as an admission office assistant. Brown said the students had come to Seattle to improve their lives by seeking higher education and it’s “absolutely devastating” that Thursday’s events will keep them from fulfilling that dream.

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