Tennessee Bus-Truck Crash Kills 8, Injures 14

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Posted on 2nd October 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A church bus crashed into a tractor-trailer and SUV Wednesday in Tennessee, killing eight people and injuring 14 others, according to USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/02/fatal-tennessee-bus-crash/2910431/

The multiple-fatality crash took place at 2 p.m. on Interstate 40 when the bus, from North Carolina, blew one of its tires and crossed a median, the newspaper reported. The accident happened in Jefferson County, about 30 miles from Knoxville.

The deaths included six bus passengers, the truck driver and one of the people in the Chevrolet Tahoe, USA Today reported.

The bus had 18 passengers, members of the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C. The group was coming back from a fall jubilee in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

The bus was traveling east when its left-front tire blew out. The chartered vehicle then traveled into the westbound lanes, hitting the SUV and then crashing into the tractor-trailer, according to USA Today. The truck then caught on fire.

 

Shuttle Bus Hits Tractor-Trailer Near Atlanta Airport

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Posted on 25th May 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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At least 16 people were hurt Friday when an airport shuttle bus crashed into a tractor-trailer not far from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, according to NBC News.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/24/18470424-shuttle-bus-tractor-trailer-crash-near-atlanta-airport-at-least-16-injured?lite

The shuttle bus transports travelers from several hotels north of the airport, and was on its way to Hartsfield when the accident happened.

There were 18 people on the bus when it hit the tractor-trailer, and 16 of them, including a child, were hospitalized, NBC News reported.

Six of the passengers were sent to Atlanta Medical Center, and they were in fair condition.

Another 10 passengers were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, according to NBC News, with two in serious condition and right sustained minor injuries.

Bus, Tractor Trailer Collide In Virginia

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Posted on 14th August 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The crash of a bus and a tractor trailer early Tuesday morning on Interstate 81 in Rockingham County, Va., sent seven people to the hospital, according to WINA.com.

http://www.wina.com/I-81-Closed-In-Rockingham-Following-Bus-Tractor-Tr/13977966

The bus and the truck collided on the northbound lanes of I-81 at 4 a.m., with both vehicles striking a median. The tractor trailer’s cab turned over, according to WINA.com.

Seven people were sent to Rockingham Memorial Hospital to be treated, with five of them passengers from the bus, along with the bus driver and the truck driver.

The accident is under investigation.

 

Deadly Consequences of Mixing Cell Phones and Vehicle Operation

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Posted on 24th September 2008 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Just yesterday I was driving down a busy main street when a young girl pulled across traffic in front of me, narrowly missing a car in the oncoming traffic, all the while chatting animatedly on her cell phone. Its not the first close encounter I have had, not that long ago I was rear ended by an uninsured driver who openly admitted she wasn’t paying attention because she was on the phone. We’ve all had these close encounters in the past few years and the public’s awareness of the danger of driving while talking on a cell phone is not the issue, its the awareness of just how deadly the consequences can be. There have been some very tragic consequences in the headlines recently.

On Tuesday a Florida Highway Patrol report confirmed that truck driver, Reinaldo Gonzalez of Orlanda, had been on his cell phone when he slammed into a school bus which was stopped to let off children. A stop sign and flashing lights were not enough to alert a distracted driver. A 13 year old child was killed and several injured as a result. The driver of the truck leapt to safety before the two vehicles burst into flame. The occupants of the school bus weren’t so fortunate.

http://www.ocala.com/article/20080924/NEWS/809241998/1001/News01?Title=FHP__Truck_driver_in_deadly_bus_crash_was_on_his_cell

This tragic accident comes on the heels of a deadly train crash in California that killed 25 people. It is suspected that texting played a role in the crash. Two teenage train buffs disclosed that they had received a text message from the engineer just a moment before the crash. No phone was found at the scene.

Whether its texting or talking, government studies confirm that distracted drivers account for nearly 8 out of 10 collisions or near-crashes. “A researcher who worked on the 2006 study, Charlie Klauer of the Virginia Tech Traffic Institute, says the crash risk was doubled when a driver looked away from the road for two seconds out of six.”

http://planes-trains-buses.blogspot.com/2008/09/train-crash-probe-renews-focus-on.html

Much of the focus of studies has been on young drivers. What makes these stories newsworthy is that in both cases adults were in control of vehicles capable of deadly destruction. This escalates the problem significantly. There is a big difference between a moment of distraction in a car and a moment of distraction in a train engine or a tractor trailer. The ability to react quickly is greatly reduced. As such, both drivers in these instances had a greater obligation to be diligent in the operation of these vehicles and should be under stricter guidelines for the operation of their vehicles.