At least 13 young adults were injured on Friday when two charter buses crashed on Seattle’s snowy and icy streets, smashing through a guardrail leaving one bus dangling 20 feet above the Interstate 5 (I-5) freeway in downtown Seattle, Washington.
The bus accident occurred on Friday around when two Northwestern Trailways buses slid down East Thomas on Capitol hill, crashing into each other and going through a guardrail on Melrose Avenue East directly above the Interstate highway in downtown Seattle. It was quite a site for Seattle residents as they saw a bus hanging over the freeway below.
It was a harrowing experience for the approximately 80 students on board the charter buses as they felt the buses careen down the street and lose control. 11 young adults were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for injuries including cuts and bruises caused by debris and broken glass. Students jumped out of windows and through emergency exits.
People writing on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer blog were wondering why the buses didn’t have chains or why Seattle doesn’t have a more comprehensive snow removal plan, closing streets when the weather conditions are so adverse and dangerous.
The citizens of Seattle are certainly grateful that no one was killed in this terrifying accident. A great tragedy was adverted.
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Information from this blog is from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.