Four Killed When Duck Boat and Tour Bus Crash in Seattle

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Duck boat’ crash in Seattle leaves at least four dead.

An amphibious tour vehicle and a charter bus carrying foreign college students collided on a busy Seattle bridge Thursday, killing four people and sending dozens to hospitals in a wreck that scattered crumpled metal and broken glass on the road. Horrifying video and photos show victims being carried out of the twisted wreckage on stretchers after several witnesses say the duck vehicle’s driver veered out of its lane along the Aurora Bridge late Thursday morning. The fire department said it had evaluated about 50 people after the crash, which the city’s department of transportation called a “major collision”.

North Seattle College told KIRO-TV that 45 of the passengers on board the charter bus are students and staff who are part of their international program. “We are contacting their consulates and trying to confirm the situation,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said at a press conference while warning of “significant transportation problems” expected throughout the day. “There are still people here who are being taken care of, being treated. The amphibious, military-style tour vehicles are operated by a tour company called Ride the Ducks and are known for exuberant drivers and tour guides who play loud music and quack through megaphones as they lead tourists around the city.

Scoggins said that 90 firefighters, 11 fire engines, seven ladders and eight paramedic units responded to the chaotic scene which involved two other passenger vehicles. “We were able to get a lot of resources here very, very quickly,” fire spokesperson Sue Stangl said of their response to the first 911 call placed at 11:13 a.m. “We were braking as soon as I realized that the wheel locked up and the driver lost control,” Bradly Sawhill, who said he was behind the duck bus, told reporters at the scene. Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said the hospital expected to treat up to 10 of the most seriously injured victims, while others were being dispersed to other area hospitals. It asks too much of the driver.” The crash sent all 37 people on the duck boat into the river, but 16-year-old Dora Schwendtner and 20-year-old Szabolcs Prem never resurfaced.

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