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Old 24 September 2015, 11:03 PM
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Default 4 killed as Ride The Ducks vehicle collides with charter bus

Four people were killed and twelve were in critical condition after a charter bus, a Ride The Ducks tour vehicle, and two smaller vehicles collided on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle Thursday morning.

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Old 24 September 2015, 11:07 PM
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The National Transportation Safety Board says it may investigate.
They aren't required to, but they are going to investigate:

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NTSB is sending a go-team to investigate today’s collision of an amphibious duck boat and motorcoach near Seattle, Wash.
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Old 24 September 2015, 11:50 PM
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Initial reports from a couple witnesses, including one driver who was right behind the DUCK, seem to indicate a catastrophic mechanical failure with the left front wheel just before the crash.
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Old 25 September 2015, 12:13 AM
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So it seems like the NTSB is getting involved because the "Duck" is an odd vehicle/craft. One that really wasn't designed to be driven on modern public highways. There are a fair number of these things around and a review might be warranted.
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Not necessarily, they get involved in fatal crashes of regular vehicles too, particularly when they are being used commercially.
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Old 25 September 2015, 03:17 PM
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I suspect they're getting involved in part because that bridge has been an accident waiting to happen for a long, long time. It's 6 very narrow lanes wide, with no center barrier, and people never go the speed limit across it unless forced. My very first paid legal research assignment concerned the lack of a center divider on this bridge, thirty-odd years ago.

Although I understand the policy of the ducks is to cross it slightly under the speed limit, both because it's a very wide vehicle and to offer its passengers a good view. The bridge is hundreds of feet above the water.

This is the same bridge that used to be second only to the Golden Gate for suicides, where the bus driver was shot while driving in 1998, and it has a troll that lives under it.

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So it seems like the NTSB is getting involved because the "Duck" is an odd vehicle/craft. One that really wasn't designed to be driven on modern public highways. There are a fair number of these things around and a review might be warranted.
Problems are happening in Boston too.
After 2nd duck boat crash this year, a renewed call for change

Bill calls for new rules for duck boats after fatal crash

Duck Boat Crashes Into Storrow Drive Overpass
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