4 Dead After Duck Vehicle Hits Bus

12 others in critical condition
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2015 2:11 PM CDT
Updated Sep 24, 2015 3:06 PM CDT
2 Dead After Duck Vehicle Hits Bus
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal collision involving a charter bus and a "Ride the Ducks" amphibious tour bus on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Four people are dead in Seattle after a Ride the Ducks tour vehicle and a charter bus collided today. Twelve people are in critical condition, and 20 others have minor injuries, the Seattle Times reports. The Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle collided with the bus, which was carrying 45 students from North Seattle College, on the Aurora Bridge; two SUVs that swerved to avoid that collision were also involved in the crash, a witness says: "It's really bad." The side of the bus was ripped out by the collision; at least two of the victims who died were on the bus.

"The Duck boat was 100 yards in front of me, the first car in front of me," says another witness. "What I saw was the Duck Boat had its blinker on, trying to get in the left lane. Then all of a sudden the Duck boat turned sharper into the left. I initially thought it was a [tire] blow out. The duck boat then hit another car with a roof rack then went head on into the into oncoming tour bus. The scene was pretty gruesome." He thinks the Ride the Ducks vehicle might have experienced a "malfunction," noting, "It looked like the wheel on the Duck bus broke off; there was a wheel assembly in front of the Duck boat." (More Seattle stories.)

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