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Greyhound Lines, Inc., Intercity Bus Loss of Control and Overturn Interstate Highway 65

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAbout 6:45 a.m., central standard time, on November 19, 1988, an intercity bus with 45 occupants, traveling southbound through a construction zone on Interstate Highway 65 in Nashville, Tennessee, suddenly went out of control during a steering maneuver, rotated 190 degrees clockwise in the southbound lanes, overturned on its left side, and came to rest facing northbound on the southbound embankment. Witness reports indicate that the bus was traveling at a high rate of speed in conditions of heavy rain. The unrestrained bus driver and 38 passengers were injured in the accident. Twelve passengers sustained serious injuries, and the bus driver and 26 passengers received minor injuries. Six passengers were not injured. Injured persons were taken to seven area hospitals for treatment.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the operation of the bus at a speed that was above the regulatory limit and too great for existing weather conditions, which resulted in the bus driver's loss of control. Contributing to the loss of control were the variant frictional properties of the travel lanes in the construction zone.

Accident Location: Nashville , TN    
Accident Date: 11/19/1988
Accident ID: DCA89MH002

Date Adopted: 8/8/1989
NTSB Number: HAR-89-03
NTIS Number: PB89-916204

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