Regional Public Journalism
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Washington Transportation Commission To Inspect Ride The Ducks Fleet
Joe Mabel
Wikimedia Commons
File photo of a ''Ride the Ducks'' amphibious tour vehicle. One vehicle in the fleet was involved in a fatal crash Thursday.

Washington state officials are moving faster on a scheduled inspection of the amphibious fleet that had a vehicle involved in a fatal crash Thursday on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission inspected the Ride The Ducks fleet -- a comprehensive safety inspection -- back in 2012. Federal inspectors took a look at the charter bus company in 2013. Both companies got satisfactory ratings as a result of those safety reviews.

Ride The Ducks was actually scheduled for a new inspection next month because it had been about three years. That comprehensive safety inspection has now been moved up to next Monday because of this fatal accident.

Meanwhile, the Utilities and Transportation Commission will send two of its investigators to Seattle to inspect the two vehicles involved in this crash, both the Ride The Ducks vehicle and the charter bus.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."