North Seattle International Students in fatal bus crash

Students in the North Seattle College International Program were involved in a fatal crash on the Aurora Bridge Thursday morning. (Photo via Seattle Fire Department Twitter.)
Students in the North Seattle College International Program were involved in a fatal crash on the Aurora Bridge Thursday morning. (Photo via Seattle Fire Department Twitter.)

Update 9/25/15 11:30 am:

North Seattle College released the names of the international students killed in the crash. They were Claudia Derschmidt, a 49-year-old female from Austria, Privaudo Putradauto, an 18-year-old male from Indonesia and Mami Sato, a 37-year-old female from Japan. The fourth student, from China, was a minor, so their name hasn’t yet been released.

Four North Seattle College students who were part of an international student orientation were killed in a collision Thursday morning with a Ride the Ducks tourist vehicle, according to reports.

The collision occurred around 11:15 a.m. on the Aurora Bridge. Photos from the collision show a large gash along the side of the charter bus, where the Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle struck the bus. Witnesses told reporters that the Ride the Ducks vehicle swerved into the college’s charter bus. The crash is under investigation, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Along with the four who died, more than 44 people were taken to Harborview Medical Center and other hospitals with critical or serious injuries, according to the Seattle Fire Department. More than 50 people were treated at the scene according to fire department officials.

A college spokeswoman told reporters that the North Seattle international students and employees with the program were taking part in an orientation of Seattle before the first day of school, which is Monday.

About 960 students last year were enrolled in North Seattle’s International Program,according to the college. The college also reported that counselors would be available.

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