Two people killed in collision with Sound Transit bus

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 11:22 AM

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- The Washington State Patrol says a Sound Transit bus traveled about two miles after being involved in a crash on Interstate 405 in Kirkland that killed two elderly people.

Trooper Julie Judson said several passengers on the bus called 911 Monday night to report that it had been in at least one collision and wasn't stopping.

The bus hit a 2010 Ford Escape at 128th Street, but the bus continued to 160th before stopping.

Robert Rotta, 76, was a passenger in the SUV who died at the scene. Elizabeth Rotta, 75, was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle at 2:12 a.m. Tuesday.

The driver of the SUV, 51-year-old Kendall Rota, was also transported to Harborview.  He is in satisfactory condition.

The bus driver told troopers his brakes weren't working, and that's why he didn't stop sooner. Troopers were investigating the condition of the bus, along with the cause of the accident.

"A piece of this will obviously be the inspection of the bus, establishing if there were any defects or if that was something that the driver felt was happening that didn't occur," said Judson.

Washington State Patrol spent the night analyzing the crime scene. Today, a full inspection of the bus will take place as troopers try to identify the cause of the accident.

It wasn't clear how many people were on the bus, but Judson said some did suffer minor injuries.

"This is the first time I've seen even a serious-injury collision involving a bus," Judson said. "I would feel very comfortable getting on one. I think commuters should consider themselves safe."

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