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October 28, 2013 at 7:05 AM
A Metro bus struck a pedestrian this morning, and the man is dead. We’ll have details soon.
Sun,sun, sun … and then a freeze? Sun is in the offing for today, tomorrow and maybe a bit on Wednesday. But get this: The temperature could drop to near freezing overnight. Yikes! National Weather Service forecast
The Hawks travel to St. Louis for a 5:40 p.m match-up. You can catch the action on ESPN and KONG.
Meanwhile, the Sounders might have ended the regular season with a win, but they didn’t. … They finished with a 1-1 tie against the Galaxy. Big crowd last night though: more than 66,000 fans at CenturyLink Field.
Apparently cheating isn’t just for kids: The state police academy is looking into the circulation of material from an unauthorized study guide containing test questions and answers. The academy is operating as if all tests have been compromised, and all academy tests are going to be rewritten. Academy director Sue Rahr is not happy. Seattle Times staff reporter Steve Miletich has the story.
The Walmart in Poulsbo threw away $19,000 worth of meat as a precaution after a customer found a syringe stuck in a package of sausage Friday. The syringe had no needle and was dry inside. No one was believed to be injured. Police arrested a man Saturday in connection with the incident. The Kitsap Sun has the story.
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August 29, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Six people were injured, one critically, when a semi-truck went out of control as it entered southbound Interstate-5 from West Seattle and struck two cars and a charter bus, according to police and fire officials.
The critically injured person and two seriously injured people were on the bus, according to the Seattle Fire Department. All those injured were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Washington State Patrol spokesperson Chris Webb said the two left lanes of the freeway were shut down and were expected to remain closed through 2 p.m. There are reports that traffic in the southbound lanes of the interstate is backed up for several miles.
The collision occurred just north of the Columbian Way exit around 12:10 p.m.
August 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Four people, including three young children, were injured Friday morning when they were hit by pieces of a Metro bus tire that exploded in the Chinatown International District.
Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said two boys and a girl, all under age 6, and a woman suffered abrasions when they were hit with bits of the tire at 12th Avenue South and South Jackson Street. The victims were all standing at a bus stop at the time.
Moore said their injuries did not appear serious, but as a precaution the victims were being taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Metro spokeswoman Rochell Ogershok said it was a rear tire on the Route 7 bus. The cause was not immediately known.
May 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The Sound Transit bus in Monday night’s I-405 crash that left two people dead passed a routine safety inspection a week earlier, according to a maintenance log released by Sound Transit Thursday.
During a 30-minute test drive on May 1, a mechanic looked into a complaint the bus pulled right, but found that it “did not pull, and didn’t pull when braking,” he wrote. Also, the brake pads were all a quarter-inch thick, putting them above the minimum standard, the log says.
The bus driver, Aleksander Rukhlin of Everett, told troopers Monday night he believed the brakes failed when the bus hit an SUV driven by Ken Rotta and carrying his parents, Robert and Elizabeth Rotta of Bellevue. Both his parents died as a result of the crash and Ken Rotta was injured .
The bus, which was on the Route 535 run to Lynnwood, was traveling uphill at an exit at the Totem Lake Transit Center in Kirkland, where witnesses say it went through a red light and hit the right side of the SUV. The bus continued for another half mile on a ramp toward northbound I-405 after the impact.
Maintenance logs are just one piece of evidence in an investigation that will last at least two more weeks.
Washington State Patrol detectives will re-interview all 24 bus passengers, said Trooper Julie Judson. Then, the WSP will obtain a search warrant to gather video and any physical evidence from the bus, now parked in a storage yard in Bellevue. Technicians will then perform a half-day examination of brakes and other components, she said. A search warrant is standard procedure in such cases. Troopers initially said the bus driver wasn’t noticeably impaired, but a blood sample was taken as is customary after a transit crash.
The bus shows green-and-blue Sound Transit colors but is operated under contract by Community Transit, which contracts with First Transit for operations and maintenance.
Sound Transit said it released a First Transit log due to requests from news organizations, but noted, “Please do not interpret, or convey in any way to your viewers or readers, that our providing this document per your request reflects any conclusion whatsoever on the part of Sound Transit about the cause of this tragic accident. We will rely on the thorough Washington State Patrol investigation…”
Sound Transit and its operating contractors “maintain a rigorous preventative maintenance program on all fleet vehicles,” spokesman Bruce Gray emphasized.
This is the first fatality on Sound Transit’s ST Express bus network since service began in 1999, said Gray. Nationally, an average of 87 people a year died in transit bus incidents, of whom 30 victims were in other motor vehicles, according to the National Transit Database for 2008-12. By comparison, 32,367 persons were killed in other motor vehicles in 2011.
Here is the inspection report:
January 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM
A Bothell woman, Chun Ho Bahn, 63, was one of two people identified Thursday as one of the nine people who died in last weekend’s bus crash in Oregon.
According to the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office, she was traveling with her husband, Youn Bahn, 66, who is being treated at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Ore.
The other victim identified Thursday is Ae Ja Kim, 61, of Gangwon Province, Korea. Her husband, Man Sun Kim, age 71, is being treated at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.
The medical examiner’s office said Thursday it has identified all nine of the passengers who died in the crash. The identities of seven have been released, and the names of the remaining two will be released once it is clear that relatives have been notified, officials said. There were 38 people injured in the crash.
Those who died in the crash and whose names already have been officially released are :
Dale William Osborn, 57, of Spanaway,
Yong Ho Lee, 75, of Lynnwood,
Youmin Kim, 11, South Korea
Oun Hong Jung, 67, and his wife, Joong Wha Kim, 63, South Korea, who may have been staying with relatives in the Bothell area.
Meanwhile, friends of a Seattle Pacific University student, Richard Sohn, 19, say his death has been reported by news agencies in Korea, but he is not among the victims whose names have been released to date.
January 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Two more victims of Sunday’s fatal bus plunge in Eastern Oregon were identified today by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office – and they are believed to have ties to the Seattle area.
The names released Wednesday were Oun Hong Jung, 67, and his wife, Joong Wha Kim, 63. The couple are from Korea and were reportedly staying with relatives in Bothell, police said.
Nine people were killed and another 38 were injured in the crash. Six of the passengers who died have yet to be officially identified.
There are other Seattle-area connections to the bus crash.
The only other victim officially identified is Dale William Osborn, 57, of Spanaway. Also killed was Yong Ho Lee, 75, of Lynnwood, according to her son. Friends and the college roommate of another bus passenger, Richard Sohn, 19, fear Sohn was among those killed.
December 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM
The Associated Press
DUNSMUIR, Calif. — A 66-year-old man reportedly from Kennewick is in custody on suspicion of stabbing two people aboard a Greyhound bus in far Northern California.
Charles Burnett Ripley — a passenger on the bus — had been talking to himself when he lunged across the aisle without warning early Tuesday morning and began stabbing a 23-year-old woman, said Siskiyou County sheriff’s officials.
The bus was traveling south on Interstate 5 and had just passed Dunsmuir.
Some men on the bus held Ripley until the California Highway Patrol arrived. Sheriff’s officials say he stabbed a 22-year-old man while while attempts were made to hold him.
The victims’ conditions were not immediately known.
The Record Searchlight of Redding reports that Ripley from Kennewick.
October 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM
Some relief is on the way for riders on the packed Route 120 bus serving Delridge and White Center, as well as the growing Route 55 serving West Seattle between the Admiral and Alaska junctions.
King County Metro Transit announced Tuesday that starting Oct. 29, it will add two morning trips inbound and two afternoon trips outbound for each route — a total of eight trips between West Seattle and downtown. The added buses should also reduce pressure on the new RapidRide C, which overlaps with the 55.
Metro has counted 90 to 100 riders on the busiest 120 and C Line trips, a “crush load,” said Victor Obeso, manager of service development. Some buses have skipped riders at the stop. Metro reorganized its system Sept. 29, so outlying routes were dropped or reduced to peak-only — currently, the last morning 55 passes Alaska Junction around 8:10 a.m. One of the new 55 trips will be just before 9 a.m., Obeso said.
Route 120 is one of Metro’s top performing lines by ridership. New bus lanes, signal timing, and stops are being installed on Delridge Way Southwest over the next year in an attempt to improve travel speed. Earlier this month, Metro added two morning bus trips to the C Line, which continue as D Line serving Ballard.
Besides the reshuffling effects, West Seattle has seen an absolute gain of about one-fourth in transit use compared to early 2011, and October is traditionally the busiest month.
October 22, 2012 at 9:46 AM
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — The full-size Trailways bus stolen from the downtown Spokane bus station Monday morning wasn’t hard to spot.
A citizen who heard news reports about the stolen bus saw it and called police. Sheriff’s detectives stopped the bus just east of the city and arrested the driver.
Police spokeswoman Jennifer DeRuwe says the stolen bus was on the road for over an hour. The unauthorized driver jumped in and drove off while it was waiting at the station.
September 6, 2012 at 6:59 AM
Weather: Sunny and warm today and tomorrow. Yes! A bit cooler on the weekend, but we’ll take that, too. It’s just that Monday and Tuesday will see even cooler temps, as in the mid-60s. Does that mean fall is here? Dang. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
No freebie to ride the bus downtown: We’ve said it many times before, but the free bus rides you’ve enjoyed in downtown Seattle — since 1973 — come to an end Sept 29. Metro says it will save $2 million by ending the free service, and people needing to get to social services will still be able to ride for free. Still, since 1973 …
Bears on the move: The Yakima Bears baseball team played its last game in Yakima yesterday, suffering a 3-2 loss to Boise. The owners of the Northwest League team got a better offer to play in Hillsboro, Ore., and they took it. Even though the club has lost money each of the past 10 years, it’s always sad to see a franchise leave town. Does that ring a bell, Seattle?
Wildfire near White Salmon: We’re keeping an eye on the fire near White Salmon that has threatened some 30 homes so far.
Hiker found dead is identified: The man who died while hiking with his brother near Merchant Peak in Snohomish County over the weekend has been identified as 30-year-old Randall Stupey of Everett, according to myeverettnews. Randall Stupey’s brother called authorities after the two got separated and his brother didn’t turn up.
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