Four international students dead as bus, duck tour vehicle collide in Seattle

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Four killed in amphibious duck boat crash on Seattle bridge.

A fun day designed to introduce new international college students to Seattle turned into a nightmare when a “duck boat” tour vehicle collided into their charter bus on a busy bridge, killing four students and injuring dozens. Witnesses described hearing a loud screech and then seeing injured people lying on the pavement or wandering around in a daze after the crash on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, Washington. Rujia Xie and other North Seattle College students were on their way to the city’s iconic Pike Place Market and Safeco Field for new student orientation events Thursday when she heard the crash from the back of the bus. There were around 40 tourists on the duck boat, operated by tour company Ride the Ducks, many of whom were snapping photographs when they were thrown from the vehicle. Traveling in the opposite direction, two Philadelphia friends on a road trip across the country, Brad Volm and Bradley Sawhill, were cruising over picturesque Lake Union when they said they saw the duck boat’s left tire “lock up” as it swerved into the charter bus, t-boning it.

Susan Gregg, a spokeswoman for Harborview and the University of Washington medical centers, released a statement Thursday night that gave the conditions of some of them. Brad Volm, of Philadelphia, said the amphibious vehicle swerved in front of him and its left front tyre appeared to lock up, sending the vehicle into the oncoming charter bus. Two Hungarian students – 16-year-old Dora Schwendtner and 20-year-old Szabolcs Prem, visiting the US through a church exchange programme – never resurfaced.

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