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‘Fun’ tour of Seattle turns into nightmare for students.

SEATTLE (AP) — 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.LOS ANGELES – At least two people were killed and nine were critically injured on Thursday when a bus collided with a tour vehicle on a bridge in the US West Coast city of Seattle, officials said.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. Some of those on board the “”Ride the Ducks” vehicle – amphibious vehicles used for tours in several US cities – could be seen crawling out of the wreckage.

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. One of the hospitals that accepted victims said four male Japanese students were treated but not seriously injured, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. Some of the school bus passengers who escaped relatively unscathed were taken to the nearby Woodland Park Zoo where they were given first aid before being taken back to their campus.

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.

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