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Link to Huffington Post report on the Litchfield Megabus crash

One female passenger was killed and more than two dozen other people were injured when a double-decker intercity bus operated by Megabus on a Chicago-to-Kansas City route crashed on Interstate 55 near Litchfield, Illinois, in Montgomery County. According to reports, the bus blew a tire prior to crashing, veered into the median, and crashed head-on into a concrete pillar supporting a bridge that carries a secondary road over Interstate 55.

Condolences go out to the family and friends of the individual that was killed, and best wishes go out to those who are injured and their families and friends.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)
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    boran2, bewareofme, G2geek, karmsy, JeffW, Russgirl

    Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

    by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 04:31:38 PM PDT

  •  Megabuses, and the highway design (9+ / 0-)

    The bus is a double-deck intercity bus, and Megabus is the operator.  Megabus is not a type of bus, but is the name of the company that operates it.  

    Photos from the scene show what appears to be the concrete support at the middle of the span of the overpass, being slightly out of alignment where the bus struck it.  That means the support will have to be replaced, and the overpass may have to be closed during that time.  

    The median at that point is banked downward toward the center between the two sets of lanes.  Thus a vehicle that veers off the road will tend to move downward toward the center of the median area.  Ordinarily this is a safe design because it prevents the vehicle swerving back into traffic, but where there's a concrete support for an overpass, it would direct the vehicle toward that support.  

    Had the blowout happened at a different point on the highway, the bus would have coasted to a safe stop at the center of the median.

    Looking at the photos, there would have been very little that could be done to remedy the road design to prevent a vehicle striking the overpass support.  Any viable solution to that, would have the risk of causing the vehicle to flip and possibly land in the path of other traffic on the highway.  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 04:49:47 PM PDT

  •  Padding? (1+ / 0-)
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    joynow

    I've seen some places when there are solid supports near fast-moving traffic where they place some sort of padding in front of the obstruction - something collapsable that would absorb the energy of a collision. But I guess you can't do that everywhere...

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