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Herman Duvall Tractor-Pole Semi-Trailer/ SL & B Academy, Inc., Schoolbus Collision U.S. Rte. 45

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAbout 2:40 p.m., c.d.t., on October 12, 1981 a truck tractor-pole semitrailer, laden with sixteen 75- to 80-foot pine logs was southbound on U.S. Route 45, about 1 mile south of Waynesboro, Mississippi. A schoolbus occupied by the driver and 49 students was also southbound following behind the truck. As the truck approached the Industrial Park Road, it moved into a right turn lane, decelerated, and initiated a 125o right turn. The overlength logs swung leftward across the southbound through traffic lane and Into the path of the overtaking schoolbus. The schoolbus struck the swinging logs, traveled forward to the right, struck the extreme front end of an eastbound automobile, which was stopped on Industrial Park Road at the intersection, and then struck and overrode a Utility pole In the southwest quadrant of the intersection. Three bus passengers were killed, and 18 bus passengers and the driver were injured.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the log truckdriver's failure to ascertain that the area near the rear of truck was clear before turning and the busdriver's incomplete attention to the driving task. Contributing to the cause of the accident was the busdriver's failure to recognize the potential danger from the overhanging swinging logs on the turning logging truck. Contributing to the severity of the accident was the penetration of logs into the passenger area of the schoolbus.

Accident Location: Waynesboro , MS    
Accident Date: 10/12/1981
Accident ID: DCA82AH001

Date Adopted: 4/26/1982
NTSB Number: HAR-82-02
NTIS Number: PB82-916202

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