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One Man Died in Hotel Shuttle Bus Crash, Seven Injured

One Man Died in Hotel Shuttle Bus Crash, Seven Injured
Jennifer Billock

A shuttle bus crash from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was involved in an accident on Thursday that killed one man and injured seven others; the incident was caused by a passenger vehicle that veered over the center line and hit the shuttle, knocking it over on its side and throwing one passenger out.

A 45-year-old man died and seven others were injured in an accident Thursday between a Marriott Seattle Airport shuttle bus and a passenger vehicle. Eight passengers were in the shuttle, which has 14 seatbelts, but it’s unknown if any of the passengers were wearing their belts.

Investigators say the accident happened when a passenger car crossed the median and hit the shuttle, knocking it over onto its side; the victim was thrown from the shuttle during the accident.

“We are deeply saddened by today’s events,” Bob Schrader, general manager of Marriott Seattle Airport, said in a statement reported by Komo News. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all the individuals involved.”

Two passengers sustained critical injuries, four had less serious injuries, and one passenger had minor scraped and bruises.

Shuttle driver Jay Bielza, who has worked at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport driving shuttles for about 20 years, was driving another shuttle at the time, but his mother was on the one that crashed.

“Right now I’m nervous,” he told Komo News. “I’m scared. Hopefully, she doesn’t have any bone fractures you know and everything.”

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