Bus hits overpass, 2 people killed due to driver’s decision

December 7th, 2012 - by DKRPA

A bus carrying 32 people and headed for West Palm Beach struck an overpass in Miami, killing two of the people on board. It is not known why the bus was in Miami, as the route they were supposed to take should not have taken them there.

As the bus approached an overpass, the driver ignored the posted speed limit (which officials say was 15 miles per hour) and a sign that alerted drivers of large vehicles of the height of the upcoming overpass. Vehicles that are 8-foot-6 and shorter could clear the overpass safely; but officials at the crash scene say the bus was “well over” the height limit.

The bus company, Miami Bus Service Corp., is privately owned but still must obey the laws that pertain to bus carriers. The company has scored well on fatigued driver tests previously — and though that bodes well for the company (and though driver fatigue does not appear to be a concern here), the fact is they are responsible for the safety of their passengers.

The driver will certainly come under heavy scrutiny here. The loved ones of the deceased passengers could (and should) seek legal action against both the driver and the company because of this wreck, as should the numerous injured parties. It may have been an accident, but that does not absolve the driver or the company of liability in the crash.

There are clear indications that the rules of the road were not obeyed, and that makes both the driver and the bus company negligent parties.

Source: Palm Beach Post, “Two killed in Miami bus crash en route to West Palm Beach,” Dec. 1, 2012

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