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Accident Report Detail

Charter Bus Loss Of Control Overturn and Fire

Executive Summary

On Sunday, July 26, 1992, about 11:10 a.m., the driver of a charter bus traveling from Brooklyn, New York to Vernon, New Jersey, lost control of the bus as it descended a steep hill. The bus struck a car, overturned on its right side, slid and spun on its side, uprighted, and struck another car before coming to rest. A fire ensued, burning the bus and the second car. Twelve passengers were ejected from the bus during the collision; six of them died. The driver and the other 37 bus passengers sustained minor to serious injuries. The two car drivers sustained minor injuries, and the car passenger was uninjured.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the busdriver/owner's failure to maintain the bus adequately and his deliberate disregard in choosing to operate the bus with known brake deficiencies. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the New York Department of Transportation to inspect the bus and ensure that its deficiencies were corrected. Also contributing to the accident was the inadequacy of the Federal Highway Administration's system for identifying motor carriers.

Accident Location: Vernon , NJ    
Accident Date: 7/26/1992
Accident ID: DCA92MH005

Date Adopted: 6/23/1993
NTSB Number: HAR-93-02
NTIS Number: PB93916202

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