Washington state suspends operations of duck tour company

An emergency official stands near a charter bus, left, and a "Ride the Ducks" amphibious tour bus following a fatal crash that killed five people Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Seattle. The duck boat did not have an axle repair that was recommended for at least some of the amphibious tour vehicles in 2013, federal investigators said.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state regulators have suspended the operations of a Seattle tour company after one of its amphibious vehicles was involved in a crash last week that killed five people and injured dozens.

The Utilities and Transportation Commission met in an emergency session Monday to keep the converted military vehicles off the streets pending inspections and a review of driver records. The company, Ride the Ducks of Seattle, says it agrees with the action.

The decision came a day after federal investigators announced that the duck boat involved in the crash didn’t have an axle repair that was recommended two years ago.

The vehicle veered into an oncoming charter bus carrying international college students on a bridge last Thursday.

Investigators say its front left axle sheared off, but they’re not sure whether that happened before or during the collision.

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