Friday, December 19, 2008

The bad part of being in a winter wonderland...

Seattle crash leaves bus wheels dangling over I-5

SEATTLE (AP) — Two charter buses crashed Friday on a Seattle street, pushing one through a guardrail next to Interstate 5 and leaving its front wheels dangling above the freeway. Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick said 11 young adults were taken to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries from flying glass. Two others refused to go to the hospital.

Fitzpatrick said there was no danger of either bus going over the guardrail, which is about 20 feet above the freeway. She said the 80 passengers were able to get off the buses before emergency vehicles arrived.

The state Department of Transportation closed the freeway lanes below.

The exact cause of the accident was not immediately known, but Seattle police said the winter weather and icy streets contributed.

Nicole Maxie, a passenger, told KING-TV that the buses were carrying students with the Columbia Basin Job Corps home from Moses Lake for Christmas break. She said they were part of a three-bus caravan bound for downtown Seattle's bus station. The third bus was not involved in the accident.

Reco Collins, a 16-year-old passenger, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that one bus crashed into the railing and was then struck by the second bus, pushing it farther over the side.

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