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State regulators to hold hearing today on ‘Ride the Ducks’ crash

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State regulators are set to hear a formal complaint against a Seattle tour company after one of its amphibious vehicles swerved into an oncoming charter bus last week, killing five people and injuring others.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission will hear the details of the complaint during a preliminary hearing Thursday morning.

Earlier in the week, the commission suspended operations of the repurposed military “duck boats” owned by Ride the Ducks of Seattle until an investigation by commission staff was completed.

Four international college students died at the scene, and a fifth – a 20-year-old woman – died Sunday.

They were among about 45 students and staff from North Seattle College who were on the charter bus when the tourist-carrying duck boat swerved into it on the Aurora Bridge, a six-lane span with no median barrier.