A Washington DC motor vehicle crash earlier this month sent at least 22 people to the hospital. The traffic collision occurred on September 15 in Northwest DC and involved a fire engine and a Metro bus.
The fire truck was headed to a Washington DC pedestrian crash site when it hit the bus on 13th Street and Madison Street at around 10:15 AM. Four of the people injured in the bus-truck crash were firefighters. All of the victims sustained what were considered non-life-threatening injuries. DC Fire and EMS spokesperson Pete Pringer is quoted on WTOP.com as saying that the collision was not a “high speed one.”
The Washington DC bus–fire truck crash, which is under investigation, took place one day after another Metro bus was involved in a Washington DC car collision with an SUV. Five adults and one child that were on the bus sustained injuries. According to Metro spokesperson, a preliminary probe found that the SUV backed into the bus on 7th Street NE and Florida Avenue.
Commercial buses are common carriers and have a greater duty of care than other motorists to drive safely. Regardless of whether or not a bus crash was caused by the bus operator or another negligent party, it is the bus passengers that are likely to suffer. Most commercial buses lack seat belts and there may be passengers standing while riding on the bus. The lack of safety measures can place bus occupants at risk of traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and death during a bus collision.
Metrobus Accident in Northeast, NBC Washington, September 14, 2010
22 injured after D.C. fire truck, Metro bus collide, WTOP, September 15, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2008, US DOT FMCSA, March 2010
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