Washington state suspends operations of duck tour company

29 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Questions And Answers About The Deadly Seattle Duck Boat Crash.

SEATTLE — Washington state regulators suspended the operations of a Seattle tour company Monday after one of its amphibious vehicles swerved into an oncoming charter bus last week, killing five people and hurting dozens of others.The death toll in the Seattle crash of a Ride the Ducks vehicle rose to five yesterday when a 20-year-old woman succumbed to injuries she received when the tourist vessel veered into a charter bus.

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission met in an emergency session to keep the repurposed military “duck boats” off the streets pending inspections and a review of driver and maintenance records. The decision came a day after federal investigators announced that the duck boat involved in the crash did not have an axle repair that was recommended two years ago.

The safety fix had been recommended by the company that refurbishes the World War II-era vehicles, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). A duck boat amphibious tour vehicle carrying about three dozen people and a tour bus with about 45 on board were travelling different directions across a Seattle bridge Thursday when witnesses say they saw the duck boat’s left tire “lock up” as it swerved into the bus. Authorities have identified the others who were killed as: Runje Song, 17, of China; Privando Putradanto, 18, of Indonesia; Mami Sato, 36, of Japan; and Claudia Derschmidt, 49, of Austria.

They were among about 45 students and staff from North Seattle College who were on the bus when the tourist-carrying duck boat swerved into it on the six-lane Aurora Bridge with no median. Since the sightseeing vessels are built on chassis manufactured in the 1940s, they are exempt from federal motor vehicle safety standards, Mongeluzzi said. The crash has put renewed focus on the safety of duck boats, which are circa-WWII military-style vehicles that give tourists a view of a city by both land and water. It wasn’t clear what prompted it, how the potential failure was discovered or whether it applied to all duck boats or only those that the company had refurbished, Weener said. Nine victims of the crash remain at Harborview Medical Center, including three in serious condition and in intensive care, spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Monday.

Investigators determined that the vessel, built by the Army in 1944, was not designed for passenger service and as a result lacked the proper buoyancy to remain afloat. The alert included specific instructions for inspecting the area where the shaft could fail as well as instructions for the repair, which involved welding collars around the axle shaft, Weener said.

Two Hungarian tourists were killed in 2010 when a sightseeing duck boat was hit by a barge on the Delaware River near Philadelphia, sinking it in water about 55 feet deep.

Police: Student stabbed at Baltimore high school dies

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police Identify Student Killed In City School Stabbing.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. The teen had been in class on the third floor of the school building in the 1300 block of McCulloh Street when a sophomore went into the classroom and stabbed him at approximately noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, police reported. Police said Sunday that investigators are collaborating with the state’s attorney’s office to file additional charges now that the victim has died. Crawford remains in police custody, officials reported. “It’s a tragedy anytime we have someone killed in an act of violence, even moreso when it’s a child.

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