Two people were killed and one person was seriously injured last night when a Sound Transit bus apparently had some type of mechanical failure, went through a red light and struck an SUV in a Kirkland intersection around 9:33pm.
The accident occurred as the bus exited Interstate 405 at Totem Lake in Kirkland. The bus was exiting onto 128th Street when it struck a Ford Escape SUV driven by Kendall L. Rotta.
The bus driver showed no sign of intoxication and he said the bus experienced a brake failure which prohibited him from stopping.
Killed in the accident were Robert H. Rotta, 76, who died at the accident scene and Elizabeth E. Rotta, 75, who died at Harborview Medical Center.
The driver of the SUV, Kendall L. Rotta, 51, was taken to Harborview with serious injuries.
There were 35 passengers on the bus at the time of the accident and an unspecified number suffered minor injuries.
The Washington State Patrol, in a media release, is asking witnesses to the accident or events leading up to it to contact Detective Sergeant Jerry Cooper at (360) 805-1192 or Detective Ben McBride at (360) 805-1195.