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Couple Killed When Bus Slams Into SUV

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File photo of a police officer on the scene. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a police officer on the scene. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)


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(CBS Seattle/AP) — The Washington State Patrol says two passengers in an SUV died after colliding with a Sound Transit bus on I-405 in Kirkland. The bus driver reportedly said the brakes failed.

Investigators told KIRO TV the bus was headed northbound and exited on the HOV ramp to 128th Street.  It had a red light, but didn’t stop when it slammed into an SUV, killing a man, 76-year-old Robert Rotta, who was sitting in the back seat. His wife, 75-year-old Elizabeth Rotta, died at a Seattle hospital. Their son, 51-year-old Kendall Rotta was driving. He survived and was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

The bus carried 35 passengers. Several called 911 to report the collision and said the bus wasn’t stopping.

According to KIRO TV, the driver is being tested for drugs and alcohol, which is standard procedure after a crash. Officials will also examine the bus for mechanical failure.

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