Tour Vehicle and Charter Bus Collide, 4 Dead
Seattle, WA -- A "Ride the Ducks" tour vehicle and a charter bus collided on a bridge, killing four foreign exchange students and injuring dozens.
The charter bus was carrying a group of foreign exchange students for an orientation event when a duck vehicle collided with it, killing four passengers.
"We didn't see anything. Just the sound. The smell of gas," said Rujia Zie, a 16 year old student from China, who was on the bus as part of the orientation. She went on to say glass fell on their faces, and some people jumped from the bus.
A driver who was behind the duck said that he saw the duck boat swerve in front of him. It appeared the left front tire locked up. It then swerved in front of the charter bus, which was in oncoming traffic.
Witnesses describe hearing the screech and then seeing people lying on the pavement.
When emergency crews arrived, they were rushed at, according to Seattle Fire Lt. Sue Stangl.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said that the National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation.
The North Seattle College confirmed that the four deaths were foreign exchange students at their school. Counselors were on hand.