NY Bus Crash Kills 13

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  1. skunk, Mar 12, 2011
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    What a terrible piece of bad luck, to survive the overturn of the bus only to be sliced by the lighting gantry. :eek:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12722996

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  2. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a

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    Not trying to make light of the situation but, it reminds me of a Final Destination movie scene.
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Local news reports that survivors say a tractor trailer cut off the bus.
     
  4. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    I don't suppose that'll be of much comfort to anybody except the driver, who I imagine was the first to die...
     
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    The driver survived and helped some of the injured ... they are still looking for the Truck that clipped the Bus while making a lane change.

    Tragic
     
  6. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Maybe not, if he hung on to the wheel and had a seat-belt on.

    The passengers dumped onto the right side windows would not have been so lucky.

    Seat belts save lives. On all airplanes, why not on busses.
     
  7. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    They have them on buses here. And I was thinking RHD...
     
  8. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    This was a tour bus returning from a Connecticut casino. It did have seat belts, one passenger describes waking up dangling from his.

    One more person has died, in hospital.

    Police are questioning the truck driver

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  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    The local ABC affiliate is reporting that witnesses saw the bus traveling at very high speed 10 minutes before accident.
     
  10. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    exactly what my brother said as well. what an a** the truck driver is to take off like that. i haven't read any of the articles so i don't know if they found out who it was but if they haven't found him i hope they do.

    ***** happens. obviously this is a very tragic situation but the fact that the person at fault for this didn't man up about it only makes matters worse.
     
  11. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Tour busses in Europe carry a 'speed' computer, which used to be a paper disk, much like a seismometer, with squiggly lines to indicate time and speed.

    Police can pull a bus over, and inspect this card for infractions. And it works.

    In the age of GPS, I'm surprised that this has not been built into all modern busses.
     
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    To be fair (not that I am disagreeing with you), the truck driver might not have been fully aware of what happened, since it was happening behind him at freeway speed (60 mph is 88 feet per second, so things behind you recede rather quickly). We do not know how close the vehicles came to each other or whether their was even contact. If he was a (lamentably) inattentive driver, he might not have realized that he was involved. In fact, if, as rdowns said (some witnesses said the bus was speeding) has anything to it, "cut off" might have been due to the truck driver misjudging how fast the bus was going. We can string him up, yes, but only after all the facts are in.
     
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    A speeding vehicle is not an excuse to clip it while changing lanes.

    an unsafe lane change is hard to defend ... and not noticing a Large Bus Crashing in your mirrors is also evidence of not paying attention.
     
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    It used to be that it was not your responsibility to assume the other guy is breaking the law.

    But I guess in the Litigious States of America, that concept has been discarded as 'cumbersome'?
     
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    From reading the article it seems like many people would have been saved had there been seat belts...

    Why the **** don't busses have seat belts again? It's the law to have them and wear them in every other type of motor vehicle. Except busses... this would have been totally preventable.
     
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    ...From an article on the crash. It looks like the bus did have seat belts, but I guess not everyone was wearing them.
     
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    I saw another article where it said a bunch of them were flung to the front of the bus at impact. That's why I assumed there was no belts. Obviously there were, but people didn't wear them. I haven't seen many buses with them, so it must be a new thing. Regardless, it should be the law. That's just senseless loss of life.
     
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    Coaches in the U.K. are obliged by law to have them but few people use them,me clunk click every time .
     
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    I drove a Senior mini-bus for a few years, and we did not move until ALL the belts were done-up, me included. ;)
     
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    i agree with pretty much everything you said. i know we need facts before we can judge. i was just making broad assumptions but if the truck driver wasn't the cause then you obviously shouldn't hold him at fault.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    Thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. Sounds like a case of sleepy driver too...
     

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