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Inferior Road Repairs May Have Contributed to Fatal Bus Crash

Deirnesa Jefferson4 months ago

Inferior repairs to a bridge guard rail may have contributed to the death of two Houston students when their bus crashed last September. 

About the Fatal Incident 

According to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, the Texas Department of Transportation reused bolts from a previous accident in the same spot, ABC 13 reports. The previous severe impact resulted in significant damage to the concrete parapet and the anchor bolts.

The report says there is evidence that the bolts that were bent over by that previous impact were then bent back and reused rather than being replaced.

NTSB found the quality of the repair mortar was inferior in overall quality to the original concrete which significantly increased the corrosion potential for the embedded steel. Because of this finding, TxDOT is changing the repair procedure for damaged rails. Now it will install new anchor bolts as opposed to bending back and re-using damaged bolts.

Meanwhile because the injured students did not have seat belts on the bus that crashed, Houston Independent School District is now buying 60 new buses with seat belts, and students will be required to wear them.

Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

According to data based on reportable crashes in 2015,  the Texas Department of Transportation reports that: 

  • 1 person was killed in an auto accident in Texas every 2 hours 29 minutes
  • 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 8 seconds
  • 1 reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds
  • Of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and usage was known in 2015, 40.3% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred. 
  • 246,335 persons were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015. 


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