Motorcoach

NTSB determines cause of 2007 Atlanta coach crash

Posted on July 9, 2008

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the probable cause of a 2007 motorcoach crash that occurred on an elevated highway ramp in Atlanta was the driver's mistaking of an Interstate high occupancy vehicle (HOV)-only left exit ramp for an HOV through lane.

Contributing to the driver's mistake was the failure of the Georgia Department of Transportation to install adequate traffic control devices to identify and distinguish the two different HOV lanes. Contributing to the severity of the accident was the motorcoach's lack of an adequate occupant protection system.

"This accident demonstrates the need for clear and consistent highway signage and traffic devices across the U.S. interstate system, in order to provide reliable guidance to all motorists on our nation's highways," said Mark V. Rosenker, NTSB chairman.

On Friday, March 2, 2007, a 2000 VanHool T2145 57-passenger motorcoach operated by Executive Coach Luxury Travel Inc., transporting 33 members of the Bluffton University (Ohio) baseball team, exited the HOV lane of Interstate 75 in Atlanta, entered an intersection on an overpass, overrode a bridge wall and fell 19 feet onto the southbound lanes of the Interstate. Seven motorcoach occupants were killed: the driver, the driver's wife and five passengers. Seven other motorcoach passengers received serious injuries, while 21 more received minor injuries.

As a result of its investigation, the NTSB made five recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration regarding the uniformity of specific requirements, standards and criteria in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The NTSB also made five recommendations to the Georgia Department of Transportation regarding signage improvements.

The Board also reiterated four previous recommendations made in 1999 to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding the need for improved motorcoach occupant protection systems and the installation of on-board recording systems that record vehicle parameters and crash data.

A synopsis of the Board's report, including the probable cause and recommendations, is available on the NTSB's Website at www.ntsb.gov/Publictn/2008/HAR0801.htm. The Board's full report will be available on the Website in several weeks.

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

More News

Laffan joins MCI as VP, sales for Northeast region

He will continue to build MCI’s presence in New York State and New England, representing the MCI J4500 and D-Series along with Daimler-built Setra models.

MCI delivers J4500 to Ill. operator

Tri-State Travel’s new coaches include the optional Bendix collision mitigation system, 360-degree cameras and mirrors with lane departure signals, and seating by Amaya with three point-passenger seatbelts.

Prevost delivers X3-45, names new director, pre-owned coach sales

Capitol Tours recently marked 30 years of partnering with Prevost, by adding a brand new X3-45 motorcoach, bringing their total number of Prevost coaches to eight.

ABC Companies restructuring, investing in expansion for long-term growth

The enterprise‐wide strategy includes plans to enhance and expand operations to effectively impact all major business areas, as well as the restructure of key management teams.

Man who beheaded fellow Greyhound passenger granted full release

Will Baker, formerly known as Vince Li, a diagnosed schizophrenic, was found not criminally responsible for the 2008 incident in Manitoba, due to mental illness, but was subject to being monitored. 

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

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

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