Unanswered questions abound regarding how and why a New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus ended up out of control and dangling over a roadway bridge in the Bronx. The New York City bus accident occurred approaching midnight when the streets fortunately were only lightly traveled. Although other motorists were spared, nine people on the bus, including the driver, were taken to area hospitals for injuries. None of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening, according to the New York Police Department.
As mentioned, there is a considerable degree of confusion surrounding the precise cause of the New York City bus accident. What is known is that the bus was heading towards a curve on an overpass. Investigators are attempting to ascertain why the bus failed to navigate turn. Due to the failure to make the turn, the bus pitched off the overpass.
The bus did not fall completely to the street below. Rather, it was left dangling from the overpass in an extremely dangerous and precarious position. The fact that the bus didn’t fully crash onto the roadway below the overpass is considered the primary reason why injuries weren’t even more serious and why people of the bus were not killed. An estimated 50 people were reported to be on the bus.
The bus barely missed a complete crash onto the roadway below the overpass. The frontend of the bus actually was just touching the street below the overpass.
Law enforcement investigators thus far have narrowed the possible causes of the accident to some type of driver error or a mechanical breakdown. Evidently, law enforcement officials had wanted to perform a sobriety test on the driver to ascertain whether or not he was under the influence of a mind-altering substance at the time of the crash. There are reports that the driver refused to submit to such testing. With that said, the driver has publicly stated that he did not refuse. Nonetheless, there is a lack of clarity as to whether sobriety testing has occurred in regard to the driver.
The driver has not been arrested or cited for any violation within day after the bus accident. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, which include a broken jaw. The driver is reported to be in serious but stable condition.
Once the bus was extracted from the overpass, it was impounded by law enforcement. The plan is to fully examine the vehicle to ascertain whether or not some sort of mechanical malfunction caused or contributed to the New York City bus accident. Investigators have announced no specific time frame within which they may have more information about the underlying reason the city bus plummeted over the Bronx overpass.
The most commonplace causes of passenger bus accidents include an issue with driver (such as driver distraction, driver intoxication, or driver fatigue) and mechanical breakdown (such as brake failure or steering wheel malfunction).
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