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Highway Accident Brief: Fatal Pedestrian Collision with Transit Bus New York City, New York, October 4, 2016

Executive Summary

​About 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, a 2012 Nova Bus articulated transit bus operated by the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was traveling south on Avenue D on the Lower East Side of New York City. As the 57-year-old male driver approached the intersection of Avenue D and East Houston Street, the traffic signal for southbound vehicles was red. The bus stopped in the left-turn lane, the second vehicle in line. According to interviews, while the bus was stopped, a passenger walked to the front and, standing forward of the white standee line, began to talk to the driver.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the crash in New York City, New York, was the bus driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian in the marked crosswalk. Contributing to the crash was distraction caused by a passenger on the bus and the driver’s failure to adhere to the company policy that prohibits drivers from talking to passengers while a bus is in motion.

Accident Location: New York City , NY USA  
Accident Date: 10/4/2016
Accident ID: HWY17SH003, DCA15SS005

Date Adopted: 9/5/2018
NTSB Number: HAB1813
NTIS Number:  

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