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Accident Report Detail

B & J Trucking Company Truck Tractor/ Coachella Valley Unified School District Schoolbus Collision, State Route 86

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAbout 3:25 p.m., Pacific standard time, on April 23, 1980, a truck tractor was traveling north on California State Route 86, a two-lane rural highway, when its left front tire blew out. The tractor swerved to the left, crossed the centerline, and collided head-on with a southbound schoolbus transporting nine teenaged students home from school. The busdriver and three students were killed; the truckdriver and six students were injured.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the truck company to properly maintain its vehicle which resulted in a blow-out of the left front tractor tire, causing the truckdriver to lose control of his vehicle. Contributing to the accident were the lack of a truck company preventive maintenance program and an inadequate California Highway Patrol inspection that should have detected the deteriorated condition of the tire before it blew out.

Accident Location: Coachella , CA    
Accident Date: 4/23/1980
Accident ID: 79641

Date Adopted: 9/29/1980
NTSB Number: HAR-80-06
NTIS Number: PB81-140071

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