by: Natasha Chen Updated:
BURIEN, Wash - A casino bus went flying out of control after it collided with a Cadillac Escalade and then crashed into a building in Burien Sunday night.
Three people were transported to local hospitals.
Investigators are also looking for two more possible crash victims who reportedly fled the scene.
“This had all the earmarks to have a much more serious ending,” said Sgt. John Hall with the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Hall said that around 7:40 p.m., a Cadillac Escalade with a Utah license plate was traveling eastbound on Southwest 136th Street while a bus, marked Snoqualmie Casino Express, was traveling south on Ambaum Boulevard.
Hall said there were conflicting reports of what happened.
“Conflicts with respect to speed and who had a red light; who had a green light," he said.
The out-of-control bus then slammed into an empty building marked Burien Imports at 13624 Ambaum Blvd SW.
People working in a neighboring convenience store heard the crash and captured it on store surveillance video.
“I’m working inside, and I hear something like ‘boom!’” said Carlos Ramirez.
Ramirez said he and two others helped sift through debris where the female bus driver had landed.
He said that she was bleeding from the head and covered with rubble.
“I’m going inside and I’m looking in the bus,” Ramirez said. “Nobody was there.”
Investigators confirmed there were no passengers on the bus.
The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. The male driver and female passenger of the Escalade had lesser injuries and were taken to Highline Hospital.
Witnesses who saw the driver of the Escalade said he was stumbling and cursing at officers. They also reported seeing a woman and a boy running from the car.
"We’re looking for signs of intoxication. But I’m also really interested in whether or not there was in fact another female and child in this vehicle who fled from the SUV. We need to know if they’re injured, how serious, where are they, so we can tend to them," said Hall.