HIGHWAY ACCIDENT REPORT--ACTIVITY BUS/TRACTOR-CARGO TANK SEMITRAILER COLLISION ON STATE ROUTE 61, NEAR DEVERS, TEXAS, DECEMBER 23, 1983

About 7:40 p.m., central standard time, on December 23, 1983, a southbound activity bus suddenly veered leftward, crossed the centerline of State Route 61, a 2-lane, 2-way highway, and struck head on a northbound tractor cargo tank semitrailer near Devers, Texas. The tractor cargo tank semitrailer penetrated from 5.5 to 6.5 feet into the passenger compartment of the 1970 former schoolbus. The busdriver and all 21 passengers aboard were ejected through the front opening created in the collision. The truckdriver, the busdriver, and eight bus passengers were killed. Thirteen other bus passengers were injured. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the loss of control of the activity bus following the deflation and subsequent blowout of the left front tire due to a nail puncture. Contributing to the severity of the injuries was the less rigid construction of the 1970 former schoolbus when compared to schoolbuses built after April 1977 which meet minimum Federal requirements for crashworthiness and occupant protection.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1984-9-5

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: 32 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00395844
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/HAR-84/06, HS-038 129
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1985 12:00AM