Highway Accident Summary Report - Collision with a Pedestrian by a Utility Truck

Cosmopolis, Washington
November 26, 1996

NTSB Number: HAR-97-01-SUM
NTIS Number: PB97-916201
Adopted October 17, 1997
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Executive Summary

About 3:20 p.m. on November 26, 1996, near Cosmopolis, Washington, a utility truck collided with and fatally injured a 10-yearold child who darted from behind a transit bus that had transported him from school to his residence. The transit bus had stopped in the northbound lane of North River Road (opposite the residence) and had activated its headlights and four-way flashers. Meanwhile, a southbound utility truck proceeded around a curve in the road and approached the bus. (See figure 1.) When its driver saw the bus with its lights activated, he slowed the truck to a speed of about 20 mph. As the truckdriver came to a near stop, the lights on the transit bus were deactivated, and the busdriver began to drive away from the stop. At the same time the truckdriver began to accelerate, the child ran out from behind the transit bus, and the utility truck struck him.

During its investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board determined that children riding transit buses to and from school are not provided an equivalent level of safety as those children who ride school buses. In addition, the Safety Board found no mechanism in place that documents the extent to which transit buses are being used to transport children to and from school.

Recommendations

The following discussion includes a narrative description of the accident, a consideration of the safety issues, a list of conclusions drawn from the Safety Board investigation, and a set of recommendations developed to help prevent a recurrence of incidents of this type.

To the U. S. Department of Transportation:

Collect accident data involving school children riding on transit buses, including pedestrian accidents, to assist development of appropriate means to ensure that school children riding on transit buses are afforded an equivalent level of operational safety as school children riding on school buses. (H-97-26)

Work with the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, the American Public Transit Association, and the Community Transportation Association of America to determine the most appropriate means to ensure that school children riding on transit buses in tripper service are afforded an equivalent level of operational safety as school children riding on school buses. (H-97-27)

To the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services:

Work with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the American Public Transit Association, and the Community Transportation Association of America to collect accident data involving school children riding on transit buses and determine the most appropriate means to ensure that school children riding on transit buses in tripper service are afforded an equivalent level of operational safety as school children riding on school buses. (H-97-28)

To the American Public Transit Association:

Work with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, and the Community Transportation Association of America to collect accident data involving school children riding on transit buses and determine the most appropriate means to ensure that school children riding on transit buses in tripper service are afforded an equivalent level of operational safety as school children riding on school buses. (H-97-29)

To the Community Transportation Association of America:

Work with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, and the American Public Transit Association to collect accident data involving school children riding on transit buses and determine the most appropriate means to ensure that school children riding on transit buses in tripper service are afforded an equivalent level of operational safety as school children riding on school buses. (H-97-30)