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February 28, 2012  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Bus in fatal N.J. crash ‘inched past’ stop sign, NTSB says


CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Friday that its ongoing investigation into the fatal Feb. 16 crash involving a school bus and a dump truck at an intersection has revealed that the bus “inched past a stop sign because of bad sight lines,” The Inquirer reports.

As SBF recently reported, the school bus was transporting 25 students to an elementary school when the dump truck struck the driver’s side rear of the bus at an intersection. The impact of the crash caused the bus to strike a pole.

One student was killed in the accident, and numerous others sustained injuries. 

NTSB chief investigator Peter Kotowski said that the school bus driver stated to investigators that he never saw the truck approaching the intersection, and that investigators found that "at some locations, the line of sight was obstructed due to environmental features of the intersection," according to The Inquirer

The obstructions were not specified, but investigators have reportedly observed other drivers going past stop signs to see clearly. Kotowski noted that possible improvements — such as additional warning signs — were being studied.

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Working in school transportation for more than 27 years now - if we have reported these so-called environmental obstructions at intersections once we've reported them hundreds of times. There needs to be a NATION WIDE regulation at keeping obstructions away from intersections. The Insurance Companies all state that intersections are the NUMBER ONE spot where most accidents occur. It should not be a local ordinance issue it should be a National Highway Safety Board requirement that ALL intersections be cleared of these types of obstructions or move the intersection to where everyone can safely maneuver through such intersections. No more drivers and or passengers should have to die because an intersection is located in an unsafe position in any traffic pattern design or from an out-dated location someone built long ago in past history of cities, towns or county and state road building projects. Make it a priority to protect lives lost at intersection accidents by addressing the root cause of the accidents in the first place. Dan Luttrell, Bedford, IN.

Dan Luttrell    |    Mar 09, 2012 08:24 AM

I feel that the government at city and county levels by and large ignore the warnings that are passed on by drivers and school district administrators about dangerous situations such as this one. If the driver reported the problem and the city/county did not act on it then they are the ones who should be held liable

James    |    Mar 05, 2012 06:36 AM

School bus drivers often report obstructions and other road hazards to their employers and governmental entities. How often are these sage safety suggestions ignored or never acted upon?

Gary Coller    |    Feb 29, 2012 08:44 AM

Most of us have bad intersections on our routes. There's no call to judgement here; just a warning for all of us to take that one or two extra seconds before proceeding.

Peter Felknor    |    Feb 28, 2012 05:04 PM

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