HIGHWAY ACCIDENT REPORT. RUNOFF AND OVERTURN OF INTERCITY BUS ON INTERSTATE 95, RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, SEPTEMBER 3, 1972

The report describes a runoff and overturn accident of an intercity bus on Interstate highway 95, carrying 42 passengers. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this crash was that the bus driver probably failed to stay awake and steer the bus, which permitted the bus to encounter the median, which, in turn, resulted in loss of vehicle control and in overturn of the bus on a guardrail inadequate to resist a shallow-angle impact. Contributing to the fatalities and injuries was the absence of passenger restraints, which permitted the tumbling and ejection of passengers. Ejections were contributed to by the undesired opening of side windows subjected to rollover-induced stresses. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Office of Surface Transportation Safety
    Washington, DC  USA  20594
  • Publication Date: 1973-2-22

Media Info

  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00046262
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-HAR-73-2, SS-H-24
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1973 12:00AM