(SEATTLE) — A tourist duck boat collided with a charter bus carrying students in Seattle, leaving four dead and at least 15 others critically injured, fire officials said.
Another 33 were injured, including 17 more than a dozen who remained hospitalized Thursday night.
Four vehicles were involved in the crash, including a tourist bus and a duck bus tour vehicle.
Lt. Sue Stangl of the Seattle Fire Department said rescuers were first notified of the crash at 11:13 a.m. local time and some 90 firefighters responded.
Most of the significant injuries were from the bus, officials said.
She said the cause of the crash was not immediately known but “as firefighters, our focus is really on the patients and trying to help the patients.”
Photos from the scene appear to show the front of the duck boat, which was operated through a company called Ride The Ducks, touching the middle of the charter bus.
According to the Ride The Ducks website, the Aurora Bridge is a highlighted portion of their tour of Seattle, noting how there are “sweeping views of Lake Union” as well as Mt. Rainier, as well as the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.
Melissa Mixon, a spokeswoman for North Seattle College, told ABC News that 45 students and staff from the school’s international program were on board the charter bus during the crash.
She did not know if any of the students or staff were injured.
Ride The Ducks issued a statement expressing their “sincerest condolences” to the relatives of the victims and said that they are “at the scene now trying to help the victims, get them prompt medical attention and eventually return traffic in the area to normal.”
“In these early hours, the cause of this accident is not known and may not be for some time. Ride the Ducks of Seattle will work authorities to find the cause of this accident,” the company’s statement read.
The company said they will “redouble” their commitment to passenger safety “in the coming days and weeks ahead” but they did not give any specifics at this time.
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