40 People Injured As Bus Crashes In India

40 people have been reported to have suffered injuries, 12 of them seriously, when a private bus they were traveling in crashed into a bus stop.

Police said the accident took place around 9.15 a.m. when “The bus driver was trying to overtake other vehicles rashly and it suddenly swerved to the right and crashed into the stop…”

Bystanders and the police rescued the passengers, a couple of whom were injured. Fortunately no one was fatally hurt. The front portion of the bus was completely damaged in the impact and twisted seats and wreckage were spread out from the damaged portion, reports say.

Following the incident, the passengers were rushed to nearby hospitals and about 25 of them were immediately discharged after receiving first aid. The other seriously injured included the bus driver, its conductor and a 38-year-old woman, who broke her ribs. An engineer and a migrant labourer engaged in the metro project also suffered injuries.

Meanwhile, traffic on the busy stretch remained disrupted for more than an hour until the bus was moved to the side of the road.

Preliminary investigations blamed the accident on brake failure. The police, however, lodged a case of rash and negligent driving against the bus driver, Shiju, 46, but is yet to record his statements.

According to traffic officials, the impact of the accident would have been greater had the driver turned the bus to the left side. “This would have caused the vehicle to fall onto the road underneath. Similarly, the number of injuries would have been higher had the bus completed the descent and hit the vehicles waiting down there’’, they said.

The damaged bus was toed away from the spot about an hour later and was shifted to the traffic station later in the evening.

3 Killed, 11 Injured After Brake Failure in Dubai

Three people were killed and 11 others injured today when a truck went out of control after its brakes failed near Dubai, police said.

The truck, carrying electricity poles, collided with an autorickshaw, killing three of its occupants, and then hit 11 pedestrians and other road users before crashing into a roadside house, reports stated.

A brake failure was deemed the cause of the accident at the scene of the crash.

Three of the injured are in serious condition, adding the deceased are yet to be identified.

Five Perish In Mexican Bus Crash

Five people died and 10 others injured when a truck transporting onions flipped over on a highway in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas, this past Wednesday.

According to media reports, the accident happened on Wednesday afternoon in the city of Loreto, where the truck flipped over and hit the side of the Matias Ramos Santos education school.

“The truck’s occupants are the fatalities, and there were 10 others injured,” Zacatecas emergency management office spokesman Alberto Torres told reporters.

Some of the people hurt in the accident have serious injuries and are being treated at area hospitals.

The accident was said to have been caused by brake failure.

Photo Courtesy: EFE/File

Photo Courtesy: EFE/File


Man Maimed After Car Plunges 400m

According to sources, a 64-year-old Saudi man was killed when his car plunged into a 400-meter-deep abyss in the Gulf Kingdom after the vehicle’s brakes failed.

Saudi first-responders spent several hours to retrieve the body of the man in the valley in South Saudi Arabia.

“The man was driving his car in a rugged area when he came close to a dangerous narrow turn…he tried to slow down but the car brakes failed,” it said.

Photo Courtesy: 24/7 Emirates

Photo Courtesy: 24/7 Emirates

Brake Failure In Glasgow Kills One

Scottish investigations are looking into an incident involving one dead pedestrian and a massive brake failure. Current information suggests that the truck experiencing brake failure struck a pedestrian and somehow traveled around 150 yards in an almost straight line before it came to rest after striking a hotel.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the driver of the vehicle slumped over at the wheel, prompting speculation that he may have suffered a heart attack or other physical seizure. He is now being treated in hospital.

A spokesman for the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators said that vehicles, even large ones, can carry on for a considerable distance if there is an “unintended acceleration”, which could be caused by a driver falling ill – and perhaps going into a spasm – with their foot on the accelerator, or by someone inadvertently pressing the accelerator rather than the brake.

The man, who asked not to be named, said: “Without speculating on this incident, there might be a number of causes for a vehicle to travel a considerable distance.If there is no external influence on the steering direction of the vehicle, then it will continue in a straight line. An external influence might be a driver applying steering, or the wheels coming into contact with something like a curb. Regarding the distance traveled, one would expect a vehicle to slow if the driver’s foot had been removed from the accelerator, due to engine braking. And of course if the brake were applied one would expect it to slow.”

The spokesman said that in the eventuality of a brake failure a driver can also slow a vehicle by changing down through the gears.

So far there is no information regarding criminal charges to follow or the exact reason the incident happened.

Brake Safety Week: Violations In North America Increase In 2014

News coming out of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Brake Safety Week indicates the trucking industry has some work to do.

This year, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance(CVSA)-certified commercial motor vehicle safety inspectors inspected 13,305 vehicles (compared with 20,067 in 2013) and placed 2,162 commercial vehicles out of service for brake violations.

Of the vehicles inspected, the OOS (out of service) rate for all brake-related violations conducted in North America was 16.2 percent, compared with 13.5 percent for the 2013 event.

However, historically speaking, out-of-service rates for Canadian jurisdictions are lower than those in U.S. jurisdictions.

This can be seen again this year with the OOS rates for brake adjustment violations (10.8 percent in the U.S. versus 4.6 percent in Canada; 10.4 percent combined), brake component violations (9.5 percent in the U.S. versus 6.8 percent in Canada; 9.3 percent combined), and total brake violations (16.6 percent in the U.S. versus 11.0 percent in Canada; 16.2 percent combined).

During the week-long campaign held Sept. 7-13, 2014, local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico conducted roadside inspections to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations.

Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of trucks and buses, which poses a serious risk to driver and public safety, CVSA officials said.

According to sources, roadside inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week included the inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components. Antilock braking systems (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps also were checked. Inspectors inspected brake components and measured pushrod stroke when appropriate.

Here are the 2014 Brake Safety Week results compared with 2012 and 2011:

• 1,388 or 10.4 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for brake adjustment (9.0 in 2013, 9.4 percent in 2012, 8.4 percent in 2011)

• 1,244 or 9.3 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for brake components (7.1 percent in 2013, 7.8 percent in 2012, 7.9 percent in 2011)

• 1,658 or 16.2 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for brakes overall (13.5 percent in 2013, 15.3 percent in 2012, 14.2 percent in 2011)