There was a major crash on the Aurora bridge in Seattle involving a charter bus full of international college students and a ‘Ride the Ducks’ tour bus yesterday morning. The public doesn’t know much as to how the crash occurred, but what we do know for sure is that four college students have suffered fatal injuries and 51 people have been hospitalized.
The famous ‘Ride The Ducks’ tours have been suspended for an unspecified amount of time, according to Brian Tracey, the president, but it will be interesting to see how the safety concerns of patrons, tourists, and families are handled when operations resume. Tracey stated in an interview with Kiro that the Duck drivers undergo monthly training and regular continuing education courses and the driver even underwent a drug and alcohol panel in the hospital. On their official website, it states that “All Captains hold a United States Coast Guard Master’s license, as well as a commercial driver’s license, are CPR and First Aid certified and must complete a rigorous training program before any paying passengers board their Duck.”
But, going forward, will these standards be enough to persuade families that the boat/bus hybrid vehicles are safe? One can only hope.