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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tour Bus Crash Kills Two
Two people were killed and 21 injured when a casino bus overturned on the highway outside Austin, Minnesota yesterday afternoon. Two of those injured are in critical condition. The bus was returning from a casino visit in Northwoood, Iowa, and heading east when it crossed the median and westbound lanes, then left I-90 and landed in a ditch on the right side of the road.
A spokesman from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says that the weather conditions were good at the time of the bus accident and that it is still under investigation. The driver is still in serious condition and it is unknown at this time what information can be given. However, several of the passengers have given statements to investigators.
Anytime there is a bus accident involving a tour bus or casino bus, the condition of the driver and the bus itself are taken into consideration. Was the driver asleep or under the influence? Was the driver speeding? Were they even paying attention? Were the brakes working? Was the weather or angle of the sun a factor? With so many questions to answer, it may take investigators time to find answers. This may not be comforting to the victims and their families, especially to those who died.
In the meantime, it is important that those on the bus or families of those on the bus speak to an experienced bus accident attorney in their area. An attorney can help get the compensation needed to cover medical bills or future lost earnings.
posted by Neil at 8:54 AM
Monday, November 9, 2009
Truck Falls of San Francisco Bay Bridge Killing Driver
The new S-curve of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has seen its share of accidents since opening Labor Day weekend. Early Monday morning, a truck driver was killed when his rig crashed through the guardrail and fell 200 feet onto Yerba Buena Island.
Witnesses report the driver was travelling at least 50 mph as he approached the S-curve. The posted speed limit is 40 mph. The driver had filled his trailer with pears just before driving toward the bridge. Authorities believe that the combination of speed and the heavy load caused the truck accident. The rig exploded sending pears everywhere.
Once again, as has happened so many times since Labor Day, the highway was closed so CHP could investigate.
In addition to lowering the speed limit from 50 mph to 40 mph, flashing lights warning drivers of the S-curve have been installed. A Caltrans spokesperson has said there is nothing wrong with the design of the highway. Rather, it's the excessive speed of drivers. "Every single accident has been the result of speed," he says.
In addition to lowering the speed limit and flashing lights, reflectors and raised bumps between lanes will alert drivers if they are drifting. Radar signs will also show drivers how fast they are going.
Since the beginning of September, there have been an estimated 42 accidents just in this one stretch of I-80. Though many of the accidents can be explained as because the driver had grown used to the straight road they travelled on hundreds of time before they were now driving in unfamiliar roads, complacency is another reason people have auto accidents. Speed limits, flashing lights, radar, and highway bumps can only go so far in protecting drivers. Changing behavior will save more lives than these solutions.
posted by Neil at 2:46 PM
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