Jury awards $123M to victims in Seattle duck boat crash

Mail Online | 9/24/2015 | Associated Press
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A jury has awarded about $123 million to the victims and families of a 2015 duck boat crash that killed five college students and injured more than 60 others in Seattle.

After a four-month civil trial, King County Superior Court jurors found that Ride The Ducks International bore 67 to 70 percent of the responsibility for the crash, The Seattle Times reported.

Company - Branson - Missouri - Manufacturer - Duck

The company, based in Branson, Missouri, is the manufacturer of the Duck amphibious vehicle that crossed the centerline of the Aurora Bridge and rammed into a charter bus full of international college students in 2015.

The jury found that tour vehicle operator Ride The Ducks of Seattle was 30 to 33 percent at fault.

Defendants - City - Seattle - State - Washington

Two additional defendants, the city of Seattle and the state of Washington, were found not to be at fault.

The 2016 lawsuit, filed on behalf of 40 people who were injured or killed in the crash, claimed the former owner of Ride The Ducks International improvised flawed fixes for the World War II-era vehicles.

Ducks - Seattle - Inspect - Vehicle - Suit

Ride The Ducks of Seattle failed to properly inspect and maintain the vehicle, the suit claimed. In particular, the plaintiffs argued, the company ignored a 2013 service bulletin from the manufacturer warning of a flaw in the axle and recommending a fix.

Attorney Jack Snyder of Ride The Ducks International claimed the company had identified the problem before the crash and issued an alert to other Duck-vehicle operators.

Ducks - Licensees - Franchisees - Seattle - Fix

All other Ducks licensees and franchisees, except for Seattle, made the fix, he said.

Ride The Ducks of Seattle claimed that Ride The Ducks International peppered it with service bulletins and had a welding expert testify that the fix would not have prevented the axle failure that caused the crash.

Crash - North - Seattle - College - Students

The crash killed North Seattle College international students Claudia Derschmidt, 49, of Austria; Privando Putradanto, 18, of Indonesia; Runjie Song, 17, of...
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