4 international students killed, dozens of people injured in Seattle bus wreck – Los Angeles Times

The four people killed in Seattle on Thursday in a wreck that involved a Ride the Ducks amphibious tour vehicle and a charter bus were international students, officials said. The crash also injured dozens of people, several of them critically.

The deceased were students with North Seattle College’s international program, according to the college. They had been aboard the charter bus, traveling to Safeco Field as part of a new-student orientation program.

“We’ve had a terrible tragedy,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray told reporters. “There’s been a terrible loss of life.”

About 11:15 a.m., the amphibious vehicle, known as a duck, was carrying tourists north on the Aurora Bridge when it collided with the charter bus, which was going south, according to the Seattle Police Department. Two passenger vehicles were also involved in the crash.

Witnesses told investigators that the duck vehicle may have been dealing with a mechanical issue shortly before the crash, according to a Seattle Police Department news release. But it is too early to draw any conclusions about what caused the wreck, Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said Thursday evening.

It remains unclear which vehicle was at fault in the crash, but police said there was no evidence that drivers were intoxicated or otherwise impaired.


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