Seattle residents are well accustomed to seeing school buses on the streets. When parents put their kids on these buses they expect them to arrive at their destinations safely. Thankfully, this is usually the case. However, earlier this month, parents and school officials were almost certainly shocked to learn of an accident between a school bus and a passenger car. Luckily, no serious injuries were reported at the time.
A Seattle man was picking up his 8-year-old son from school last month at about 1:20 p.m., when his car was suddenly rear-ended by an unmarked Seattle police car. Behind the wheel was a Seattle Police officer, allegedly under the influence of alcohol. The collisions occurred at the intersection of Chennault Beach Road and SR 525, and the impact from the car accident caused the car that was rear-ended car to crash into two other vehicles. The man's vehicle had been hit so hard in the collision that it was pushed underneath the car in front of him.
On Oct. 16, a Seattle University pitcher tragically died following a car accident in Idaho. It is not yet known what led to the car accident, but police have ruled out alcohol as a factor. The 22-year-old student had transferred to the school in the fall of 2010 after attending Spokane Falls Community College.
If you are planning to go for a hike in Olympic National Park, watch out for the wild Mountain Goats. In 2010 a 63 year old man was attacked and gored to death by a mountain goat while hiking in the park. The man claims that the goat was known to be an aggressive animal and should have been dealt with by park officials. The interior department claims that encounters with wild animals is a known risk of using the National Parks, and that there is no claim.
Many Seattle residents are more than aware of the congestion problems down around the Alaska Way Viaduct. During its closing, one resident decided to do his part by jogging to work instead of driving. He ended up being hit by a semi-truck and suffered serious injuries as a result.