An accident involving a tour bus and a duck boat tourist vehicle occurred on Thursday morning in
Seattle, officials said.
At least four international college
students were killed in the accident, which was a collision of the two vehicles.
The students attended North Seattle College, which said several students are in critical condition, while other students and a North employee had serious injuries.
“Because the deceased were international students, government officials are working to contact next of kin,” the school said. “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of these deceased
students, as well as to the students and employee who sustained injuries.”
In the hours after the accident, fire officials said 44 people were hospitalized, 12 of whom were in
Those seriously injured were taken to Harborview Medical Center.
As of Thursday evening, two people were still in critical condition and nine were in serious condition.
They were in intensive care, spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.
Four others were still at Harborview and were listed in satisfactory condition. Thirty-one patients were transferred to other hospitals, and two had been
Some people were treated at the site of the crash, which involved four vehicles, on State Route 99,
The duck boat tour operator issued a statement after the crash.
“Ride the Ducks of Seattle wishes to express its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the people who were killed and those that were
injured,” it said.
The operator said it has voluntarily pulled all its vehicles from city streets for now, according to
Mayor Ed Murray.
Ride the Ducks of Seattle said the duck boat and a bus from Bellair Charters were involved in the
Seattle Police Detective Patrick Michaud said that all the people who died were bus passengers.
A nurse who was walking along the bridge when the crash occurred said there was a lot of blood, and
she saw one body on the road. She called the scene “traumatic” with a lot of blood.
The people on the bus were employees and students in the international program at North
Seattle College, the school said. North Seattle College has more 1,000 international students from
more than 50 countries.