HIGHWAY ACCIDENT REPORT--COLLISION OF G&D AUTO SALES, INC., TOW TRUCK TOWING AUTOMOBILE, BRANCH MOTOR EXPRESS, COMPANY TRACTOR-SEMITRAILER, TOWN OF REHOBOTH SCHOOL BUS, REHOBOTH, MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 10, 1984

At 11:45 a.m., on January 10, 1984, a G & D Auto Sales, Inc., tow truck was turning right from the company's driveway onto westbound State Route 44 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, when the rear-facing passenger car in tow, a 1981 Oldsmobile, was struck by an eastbound tractor-semitrailer operated by Branch Motor Express Company. The 76, 950-pound tractor-semitrailer continued eastbound, crossed the centerline of the damp, two-lane, two-way roadway, and struck the left front of a westbound Town of Rehoboth schoolbus carrying 15 students, ages 5 and 6. The 1979 schoolbus overturned and came to rest on its roof off the roadway. The driver of the tractor-semitrailer, the driver of the schoolbus, and one student were killed; 12 students were injured. The driver of the tow truck was not injured. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable causes of the accident were (a) unsecured steering axle wheels of the vehicle being towed by the rear, (b) excursion of the towed vehicle over the highway centerline into the path of the oncoming tractor-semitrailer, (c) loss of directional control by the driver of the tractor-semitrailer, and (d) entry of the uncontrolled tractor-semitrailer into the opposing traffic lane where it struck the schoolbus.

  • 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: 33 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00395968
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/HAR-84/05, HS-038 173
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1985 12:00AM