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NTSB Investigates Anti-Lock Brakes in Deadly Texas Bus Crash

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Lilly Lentz1 year ago

According to news sources, a bus crashed on a highway in Texas and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the anti-lock braking system that was inactive at the time of the crash.

About the NTSB Anti-Lock Brake Investigation

Lead investigator Peter Kotowsky told NBC News reporters that the bus was not required to have an anti-lock braking system due to the fact the bus was made before regulations were put forth requiring the system.

As of yet, no cause for the crash has been determined. Kotowsky also stated that while anti-lock brakes were not active, the brake system was functioning and therefore they are continuing to examine how effective the brakes are.

The NTSB plans to interview the driver of the bus on Wednesday. They have also already obtained company records, state and federal vehicle inspection records, and a record of the driver on the day of the crash.

The highway was also closed on Tuesday so that evidence could be collected. Blood and urine samples of the driver have been taken and are going to be tested.

Details of the Deadly Texas Bus Crash

The OGA Charters bus rolled over and crashed on a highway, injuring more than 44 people and killing eight on Northbound highway 83 at around 11:00 am. Seven were pronounced dead at the scene, all having had been ejected from the bus, and the eigth passenger died at an area hospital.

It wasn’t until March 1, 1998, that regulations requiring that anti-lock brakes be installed on motor coaches were set, and the vehicle involved in the crash was manufactured in mid-1997. The crash continues to be investigated as no cause has been determined.


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