HIGHWAY ACCIDENT REPORT: CONTINENTAL TRAILWAYS, INC., SCHEDULED INTERCITY BUS/MULTIPLE-VEHICLE COLLISION AND FIRE, INTERSTATE ROUTE 95 NEAR BELTSVILLE, MARYLAND, APRIL 20, 1981

About 5:55 p.m. on April 20, 1981, a scheduled intercity bus with 34 passengers onboard was southbound on Interstate Route 95 (I-95) en route to Washington, DC via Silver Spring, Maryland. As the bus approached the Interstate Route 495 (Capital Beltway) interchange, the traffic ahead in the right lane slowed and came to a stop. The bus failed to stop, crashed into the rear of the automobile ahead of it, and precipitated a four-car, front-to-rear-end collision. Two of the automobiles burst into flames which quickly spread to and engulfed the bus after it had been evacuated. Three occupants of the automobile struck by the bus were killed. The drivers of the other three automobiles, the busdriver, and the 34 bus passengers received minor injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the busdriver to maintain a safe stopping distance between the bus and the automobile ahead as traffic ahead slowed and came to a stop during the peak traffic period.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1981-9-15

Media Info

  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00346840
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-HAR-81-5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1982 12:00AM