Feds: Axle From Duck Boat in Deadly Washington Crash Sheared Off

September 28, 2015

Federal investigators say the left front axle of a duck boat involved in a deadly Seattle, Wash. accident was sheared off, but they don’t know if it was damaged before the collision with a charter bus that killed four international college students.

National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener said the axle will be sent to a federal lab for further examination.

Weener said it’s too soon to know how the axle was damaged, or if it happened before the collision.

Witnesses have said they saw the duck boat’s left tire “lock up” Thursday as it swerved into a charter bus carrying international students over a bridge.

Four North Seattle College students from Austria, China, Indonesia and Japan were killed.

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