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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
New York Van Crash Kills Six
Six people were killed on Saturday, September 18, on the New York Thruway when the van they were riding in blew a tire and flipped over. There were eight survivors. All of the people in the 15-person passenger Econoline van belonged to the same church and were traveling to a church event.
According to investigators, the van's right rear tire blew causing the vehicle to go into a rumble strip. It then rolled over when it hit the grassy median. Some of the passengers were apparently ejected. All the dead were killed at the scene. Four survivors were airlifted and others were taken by ambulance.
Experts have been warning that extended passenger vans pose a risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says these vans have the highest rollover rate of any vehicle on the road. They have made several public awareness statements regarding this fact.
The main thing that people should do is buckle up when riding in these vehicles. Also, be aware that tire maintenance is extremely important as is driver experience. Driving an extended passenger van is not like driving a vehicle, but many churches, hotels, airport shuttle services, athletic teams, farm workers, day laborers, the military, and more use them without giving this much thought. Sadly, the NHTSA says Saturday's New York vehicle accident was a text book case.
posted by Neil at 8:47 AM
Monday, September 13, 2010
New York Bus Accident Kills Four
A Megabus discount double-decker bus travelling in a Syracuse, New York subdivision took a wrong turn and hit a low railroad bridge. The bus then tipped over and slid. Four people were killed and nearly 20 injured. Four of the injured were in serious condition following the Sept. 12 bus accident. It is believed that one of the passengers killed was thrown from the bus and the other three were on the top level.
Survivors say the bus accident occurred while many were sleeping. Some say they woke up when they heard the accident and felt the damage. One said she awoke after the crash to pain, glass all over the place and a woman lying across her. She alleges she could see a severed leg beneath the bus and an unconscious man hanging from the second level.
Authorities say the bus was at least a mile off its route when the bus accident occurred. According to police, the driver is in the hospital with head injuries. He missed his turn and did not know where he was. He was supposed to stop for a half hour at the Regional Transportation Center in Syracuse before making another stop in Buffalo. However, he wound up on the lakeside parkway.
There are warning signs that the bridge clearance is 10 feet nine inches. The bus was around 13 feet high.
posted by Neil at 2:46 PM
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