When a fatal vehicle accident occurs, it is crucial that it be investigated properly. Accurate fact-finding is essential to a just resolution of a particular injury case. It is also very important for identifying reforms that may be needed to prevent serious accidents in the future.
Two fatal bus crashes this week in Illinois involving the same bus company are therefore in need of proper investigation. Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a federal investigation of Megabus.
Gov. Quinn asked federal safety regulators to look fully into the firm's history and operations and determine how the accidents happened.
The first of the two Megabus accidents occurred on August 2 near Litchfield, Illinois. A motorcoach bound from St. Louis to Chicago crashed into a concrete pillar that was part of an overpass. The crash killed one passenger on the Megabus. Dozens more passengers were injured.
Authorities from the Illinois State Police said preliminarily that the crash could have been caused by a tire blow-out on the bus. Investigators will examine other issues as well, however, including the double-decker design of the Megabus, which results in a high center of gravity.
Less than two weeks after the downstate Megabus crash, there was also a fatal Megabus accident in the Chicago Loop. A Megabus making a left turn hit a 76-year-old passenger with its side mirror. The passenger, who was merely trying to cross the street, was thrown to the pavement and later died. The bus driver was subsequently given a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian using a crosswalk.
Source: "Quinn calls for Megabus investigation following 2 fatal accidents," Chicago Tribune, Jon Hilkevitch, 8-9-12
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