Two killed in crash of bus, Duck vehicle

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

SEATTLE (AP) — Two people were killed and nine critically injured Thursday in a crash between a charter bus and an amphibious tour vehicle in Seattle, fire officials said. 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. 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. Sue Stangl says 12 people suffered minor injuries that would require hospital visits, and officials evaluated 30 other passengers on the vehicles who didn’t need further treatment.

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. Attorneys for Elizabeth Karnicki’s family allege the May 8 accident, which occurred during rush hour, was due in part to “huge blind spots” on the Ride The Ducks vehicle. 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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