Bus riders step in as driver has fatal heart attack on viaduct


Passengers managed to stop the weaving RapidRide bus inches from the guardrail, and tried to save the driver, once a performer with The Flying Karamazov Brothers.

Passengers guided a weaving bus to a stop on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and tried to save the driver through CPR when he suffered a fatal heart attack Thursday night.

Bus operator Sam Williams, 63, was better known as a longtime juggler and comedian with The Flying Karamazov Brothers, a vaudeville-style troupe founded in 1973 that appeared on TV shows ranging from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” to “Seinfeld,” and with musical acts from The Who to the Seattle Symphony.

Williams had appeared locally as “Smerdyakov Karamazov” and was in the midst of rejuvenating his stage career.

Williams drove six years for King County Metro Transit.

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