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Four dead, 12 critically injured as bus, duck tour vehicle collide in Seattle

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SEATTLE, Wash. (Sept. 24, 2015) — Four people were killed and at least 12 were critically injured when a tour bus and a duck boat tourist vehicle collided Thursday morning in Seattle, city fire officials said.

Fire Chief Harold Scoggins told reporters that the number of dead had risen from two to four and 44 others were hospitalized.

At least 12 of those patients were injured critically, Lt. Sue Stangl with the Seattle Fire Department said

Some people were treated at the site of the crash, which involved four vehicles, on State Route 99, officials said.

Harborview Medical Center took six of the critically injured patients and was expecting five more, spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. Ten patients were transferred to other hospitals.

Ride the Ducks of Seattle Chief Executive Officer Brian Tracey said: “We are just finding out what is going on and probably won’t know more until later. This is tragic.”

Seattle police tweeted that Aurora Bridge between downtown Seattle and the Fremont neighborhood was closed in both directions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Photos from the scene showed the wrecked vehicles being surrounded by scores of firefighters with about 90 first responders rushing to the scene, Stangl said.

It is unclear why the duck boat — a street vehicle that can double as a boat — hit the bus, Stangl told reporters.