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Academy lines, Inc., Intercity Bus Run-off-Roadway and Overturn

Executive Summary

On September 6,1987, at 5 a.m. an intercity bus operated by Academy Lines, Inc.. ran off the northbound local lane of the New Jersey Garden State Parkway at milepost 111, struck a guardrail and bridge rail, and overturned onto its right side. The busdriver and one passenger, the busdriver's 13-year-old son, sustained fatal injuries, and 32 of the remaining 33 bus passengers sustained minor to moderate injuries.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause a this accident was the busdriver's lack of vigilance which resulted in his failure to perceive that his vehicle was leaving the roadway. The busdriver's lack of vigilance resulted from the combined adverse effects of sleep deprivation, illness due to a cold or influenza, and a high dosage of medication probably ingested to treat the symptoms of that illness and to control his weight.

Accident Location: Middletown , NJ    
Accident Date: 9/6/1987
Accident ID: DCA87MH009

Date Adopted: 5/24/1988
NTSB Number: HAR-88-03
NTIS Number: PB88-916203

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