The Latest: Chinese teen killed in Seattle crash identified

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Posted: Sep 25, 2015 7:16 PM
The Latest: Chinese teen killed in Seattle crash identified

SEATTLE (AP) — The latest on a crash between an amphibious tour vehicle and a charter bus in Seattle (all times local):

4:00 p.m.

Authorities have identified the teenage girl from China who was killed when a charter bus from a Seattle college was struck by an amphibious tour vehicle.

A total of four people - all international students from North Seattle College - were killed in Thursday's accident.

The King County Medical Examiner's office identified 17-year-old Runje Song as one of those killed. School officials who earlier released the names of the other victims hadn't given out the teen's name because she was a minor.

School President Warren Brown earlier said the others killed were: Privando Putradanto, 18, of Indonesia; Mami Sato, 36, of Japan; and Claudia Derschmidt, 49, of Austria.

The students were on a tour of the city as part of orientation activities.

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3:35 p.m.

A family from Fremont, California, is grateful to be alive after they were thrown from an amphibious tour vehicle that collided with a charter bus in Seattle.

Four people were killed and dozens injured in Thursday's crash.

Thirty-year-old Katie Moody, who broke her collarbone, cried as she told reporters from her hospital bed at Harborview Medical Center that her "faith in humanity" was restored by people rushing to their aid.

Her father, 57-year-old Greg Moody, stood by her side. He suffered minor cuts to his face in the crash.

The family decided to take the duck boat tour while in town for a Seattle family member's birthday.

Katie Moody says she "looked up and saw the bus headed toward us." She says the scariest part was hearing the impact of the crash.

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1:32 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board says its investigation into a deadly collision involving an amphibious tour vehicle in Seattle is the first time it's looking into a duck-boat crash on land.

Board member Earl Weener said at a news conference Friday that it's scrutinized the military-style vehicles several times when they've been in accidents on water. Four international students died in the crash Thursday involving a charter bus and two other vehicles.

Weener says the agency wouldn't speculate on what caused the crash and would work to determine that in the coming months. He says a typical investigation lasts a year.

He says a team of investigators arrived Friday and would spend a week or more on site. The agency wants to speak to witnesses or those with information about the crash.

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10:50 a.m.

Seattle school officials say the four international students killed in a crash involving a charter bus and an amphibious tour vehicle ranged in ages from 17 to 49.

North Seattle College President Warren Brown on Friday identified three of them as 18-year-old Privando Putradanto, of Indonesia; 36-year-old Mami Sato, of Japan; and 49-year-old Claudia Derschmidt, of Austria.

Brown didn't name the other victim — a 17-year-old girl from China — because she is a minor. Her family has been notified.

All were new to the college. They and dozens of other students were on a charter bus tour of the city Thursday before classes were set to begin Monday.

Brown says there are "still wounds in our hearts" and that it will take time to heal.

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This item has been corrected to show the 18-year-old victim's name is Privando Putradanto, not Privaudo Putradauto, and Mami Sato was 36, not 37.

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8:29 a.m.

A college in Seattle says the four international students killed in a crash involving a charter bus and an amphibious tour vehicle were from Austria, China, Indonesia and Japan.

North Seattle College has been working with government officials to reach their families. The students were riding on the charter bus en route to new student orientation events.

Fourteen other people injured in the crash remain in intensive care in two hospitals.

College spokeswoman Melissa Mixon said faculty, students and staff are gathering on campus Friday morning to grieve the four students.

Mixon says "sad" doesn't begin to describe how people are feeling at the diverse college of about 14,000 students.

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8:08 a.m.

Fourteen people injured in a deadly crash involving a charter bus and an amphibious tour vehicle are in intensive care in two Seattle hospitals.

Susan Gregg, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center, said in a statement Friday morning that one person is in critical condition and 11 are in serious condition at that hospital.

She says two more people are in serious condition in the intensive-care unit at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dozens more are being treated at hospitals around Seattle, but the most seriously injured were taken to Harborview.

A Seattle college says the four people killed in the crash Thursday were international students on their way to new student orientation events.