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Four College Students Dead After ‘Ride The Ducks’ Crash On Seattle Bridge

Thu, September 24, 2015 6:20pm EDT by 2 Comments
Courtesy of Seattle Fire Department

Four college students had their lives tragically cut short in a multi-car crash on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, Washington, on Sept. 24. A ‘Ride The Ducks’ vehicle reportedly lost a wheel and slammed into a charter bus. The deadly accident also left twelve other passengers in critical condition!

There are four North Seattle College students that will never see graduation, not after a fatal car accident on a Seattle bridge. A “Ride The Ducks” amphibious vehicle lost control while on the road, crashing into two cars before colliding into the side of an oncoming commuter bus. The devastation left many dead and others severely injured in its wake.

The accident happened in the late morning of Sept. 24, reports the Seattle Times. At the end of the wreck, four were pronounced dead, all confirmed to be North Seattle College students. At least twelve were in critical condition and they were taken to Harborview Medical Center. While the origin of the crash is unknown, an eyewitness claims one of the wheels on the “Ride The Ducks” vehicle broke off, causing it to ultimately swerve into the side of the commuter bus full of students.

“The Duck boat was 100 yards in front of me,” Jesse Christenson told the Seattle Times. “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 blow out. The Duck boat then hit another car with a roof rack then went head on into the into oncoming tour bus.”

A pick-up truck and a SUV were also involved in the wreck, according to Q13 FOX. It’s unknown what happened to the drivers of those cars, but passengers on the “Ride The Ducks” vehicle were seen crawling out of the destroyed vehicle. A total of 48 students and employees from North Seattle College’s international program were on the charter bus. Classes were supposed to start on Monday.

The force of the impact was so great it ripped a huge gash on the side of the bus. Because the “Ride The Ducks” vehicle is designed to travel both on road and in water, their hulls are stronger than most other vehicles, according to USA Today. “Ride The Ducks” said that it would suspend its operations following this tragedy.

Our thoughts and support go out to the friends, family and loved ones to all those involved in the deadly crash. We wish the speediest recovery to those who are still listed in critical condition.

— Jason Brow