• August 17, 2022

One Killed in Crash with Metro Bus on Northup Way in Bellevue, WA

Bellevue, WA — August 15, 2022, one person died in a collision with a King County Metro bus at a Bellevue intersection.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday morning at the crossing of 156th Avenue Northeast and Northup Way. Preliminary investigation suggests a passenger vehicle was westbound on Northup when it entered the 156th intersection and crossed the path of the eastbound Metro bus, which was turning left onto northbound 156th. The two vehicles collided in the crossroads.

A passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive. No one on the bus was hurt.

The investigation continues but neither speed nor impairment are thought to have been factors.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Metro Bus Accident on Northup Way in Bellevue

Police said impairment and speed aren't considered factors, and while that's a relief that still doesn't shed much light on what is thought to be a factor. If this really was a simple matter of two vehicles colliding in an intersection as described, that seems to mean the bus driver failed to yield to thru-traffic while turning. I don't have more details than reports provide and it could be the bus had a protected left arrow at the time, but that certainly seems like a detail worth finding out for sure as more of the dots get connected.

One Killed in Crash with Metro Bus on Northup Way in Bellevue, WA

If the bus driver was at fault then the injured motorist might be justified in thinking the city should help them recover from their injuries. That can be a tricky proposition as governments at all levels have specific and tricky requirements for how a citizen can file an injury claim against them. To be sure that the right parties are held responsible it's important to gather abundant clear proof and to know about all the pitfalls governments typically put in the path of claimants.

Of course all that may be academic if clear evidence shows the car's driver did something wrong. I don't necessarily see what that could be, but as I said--not all the facts are in yet. For now it's probably best to wait for more facts instead of jumping to any conclusions. If there's a need for further action, knowing that will depend largely on what is learned.

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