Management & Operations

NTSB releases report on coach crash

Posted on July 13, 2005

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said this week that roadway design, wet pavement and tire conditions were all factors in a February 2003 motorcoach crash that killed seven people.

On Feb. 14, 2003, a Central Texas Trails Inc. motorcoach traveling on Interstate 35 near Hewitt, Texas, ran off the road, crossed the median and collided head on with an SUV. Five motorcoach passengers, the SUV driver and one passenger were killed in the accident.

The NTSB's investigation determined that the wet pavement at the accident site, combined with Interstate 35's roadway geometry and a speed limit (70 mph) that exceeded the road's design speed, did not provide drivers with enough time to stop their vehicles, according to the report.

The Board also determined that the low, but legal, tread depth of the coach’s rear tires were unable to channel water out from between the tires and the roadway, further reducing friction.

A synopsis of the report including a complete list of conclusions and recommendations can be found at

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

SORTA to sell advertising to pay for bus benches

In a separate ordinance, the city agreed to stop removing currently illegal benches at some stops unless they are unsafe.

Future for connected cars is promising, obstacles remain: study

Obstacles include privacy and security concerns, to a lack of infrastructure and the need for a legislative framework.

Caltrain begins courtesy campaign via social media

The campaign, called “Caltrain Manners,” is the result of a recent online survey, where passengers were asked what annoyed them most about their fellow riders. Caltrain tallied the results to determine the three worst passenger gaffes.

Sacramento RT receives state certification for bus apprenticeship program

Having trained and qualified mechanics is critical to RT’s mission of providing reliable bus service to the Sacramento region.

Community Transit programs removed 370K drive-alone trips in 2016

Choice Connections and Curb the Congestion target large employers and most-congested corridors, and recognize individuals who use transportation options.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close