On September 24, 2015, a Ride the Duck modified amphibious military vehicle crossed the centerline of the SR 99 Aurora Bridge and into a tour bus. The passenger compartment of the bus was penetrated. 5 people in the bus died and approximately 64 people were injured. Phuong Dihn, an 18 year old international student from Vietnam, was seriously injured.
The Duck was re-manufactured by Ride the Ducks International, who sold the vehicle to Ride the Ducks Seattle in 2005. In 2013, RTD International realized the axel housing was dangerously defective. It issued a service bulletin to it purchasers, warning of the defect and advising of the need for repair. RTD Seattle did not perform the repair. The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board is that the left axle of the Duck failed.
Phuong is one of the four of the injured students who remain in a nursing home. Her parents came to care for her but had to leave their other young children behind. She is unable to attend school. When she is discharged, she will need to find a new host parent who will be able to provide accessible housing due to her injuries.
Please help Phuong, as she struggles to recover at this secure site. Donations may also be made by mailing checks to our firm (please include “C/O: Dinh, P: Seattle Aurora Bus Crash 10.2015”)
- Ride the Ducks crash victim Phuong Dinh worries about her future, KING5 News, Dec.. 2. 2015.
- Stritmatter client shares how her choice of seat is a large part of why she survived the October 2015 crash – KOMO NEWS: “Seat choice ‘saved my life’ Aurora Bridge crash victim files lawsuit,” Dec. 2, 2015
- Seattle Times’ article about our client’s plight: “Two months later, victim of Ride the Ducks crash struggles with recovery, expenses,” Dec. 3, 2015.
- Seattle Times’ article about WA State Insurance Commissioner’s response, after learning about client’s soon-to-lapse healthcare, “Ride the Ducks crash victim to get help from state, college,” Dec. 4, 2015.