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City duck tour bus involved in fatal crash

New York residents who have ever taken a trip to Seattle may remember seeing the Ride the Ducks tours. The amphibious vehicles provide tours of the city by land and water. On Sept. 24, a duck tour vehicle was involved in a crash that left four people dead and 15 people in critical condition. In addition to the duck tour vehicle, the fatal accident involved a charter bus and two cars.

Bus accidents like this typically require an extensive investigation, and the cause of the Seattle duck tour accident has not yet been determined. However, witnesses to the crash have been able to provide investigators with key information. According to one witness, the duck tour driver seemed to lose control while entering the left lane on the Aurora Bridge. The witness saw smoke and what he believed to be the left wheel from the duck tour vehicle popping off.

The witness to the Seattle accident said that the charter bus was T-boned as the duck tour vehicle spun around. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, four international students who had been aboard the charter bus were dead. After the crash, 51 people were taken to local hospitals.

Those who have been injured in a bus accident may be able to pursue financial compensation for their accident-related i financial losses. An attorney might be able to assist a bus accident victim with the process of assessing the value of their damages and building a claim against the liable parties. If a bus accident was caused by driver negligence, both the driver and the company that hired the driver may be named as defendants in a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: NBC News, "Four College Students Killed When Duck Boat and Charter Bus Crash in Seattle," Phil Helsel, Elizabeth Chuck, Sept. 25, 2015

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