Authorities from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) believe a dropped thermos may have caused a September 2017 bus accident in Queens, New York. The accident injured 16 and claimed the lives of three individuals, including the bus driver.
According to ABC 7 NY, the charter bus ran a red light at an intersection, hitting a city bus. The impact sent the charter bus onto the sidewalk where it slammed into a fried chicken restaurant which caused considerable damage.
The driver of the charter bus, Raymond Mong, a passenger, and a pedestrian were killed in the accident.
During an investigation of the scene, authorities found a metal thermos near the control pedals of the bus. This discovery has led authorities to believe the thermos somehow dropped and got stuck under the gas and brake pedals, causing the gas to accelerate while blocking the brake.
After investigating the bus company, authorities found no evidence of a safety issue with the bus or Mong’s experience as a driver.
NTSB used a similar thermos to test whether it could obstruct vehicle control pedals and found evidence to support the theory.
If it is determined that a bus driver was negligent in an accident, the driver’s employer may be liable for:
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