Four people killed when a Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle collided with a bus in Seattle yesterday have been identified as international students at North Seattle College. Authorities say they were among 48 staff and students from six countries who were touring the city on a chartered bus before classes started Monday. Another 51 people were injured in the crash, including 15 critically, though some have been upgraded to serious condition, reports SeattlePI.com. "I turned and looked, and that's when I saw the carnage," a 61-year-old passenger on the Ducks vehicle tells the Seattle Times. "People I was sitting next to weren't there … they had been thrown completely out of the back of the Duck." He says he felt the rear of the vehicle fishtail before the crash. "And just at that moment, I heard the driver go: 'Oh, no!'"
A witness originally said the Ducks vehicle experienced some kind of malfunction and perhaps lost a wheel before the crash. A man driving one of two SUVs also involved in the accident agrees something went wrong, noting he saw red fluid leaking from the Duck's front left tire, which appeared to seize up, before the vehicle slammed into the driver's side of the bus. Seattle police say they're investigating a possible mechanical failure on the Ducks vehicle but add it's too early to pinpoint a cause of the accident. "We've had a terrible tragedy," Mayor Ed Murray says. "The thoughts and prayers of this city go out to everyone—the families and those impacted." He adds the Ride the Ducks tour has voluntarily taken its vehicles off Seattle's streets for now.