Fifty-three people have perished following a gruesome crash that occurred last night in Brazil when a coach bus lost its braking power and plummeted off of a cliff.
According to reports, the bus swerved off a curve and fell 1,300 feet before violently crashing into a wooded area. Rescue crews were still trying to rescue survivors and recover the bodies of the victims until nightfall.
Currently, local Police have no information regarding how many passengers in total were aboard the bus or whether the driver was one of the victims, but said that at least six survivors were being treated for injuries.
A statistical analysis report by the Inter-American Development Bank stated that Brazil averages more than 18 highway deaths per 100,000 people per year, compared with about 10 in high-income countries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published two separate reports highlights braking system issues within 100,000 units of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. 75,000 of them that were manufactured between April 15, 2005 and September 4, 2012 are being recalled for a front brake hose malfunction.
A second yet similar issue is illustrated with both the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. In this report, both vehicles have an improperly routed brake booster vacuum line that has the possibility to be subjected to excessive wear, which will eventually cause the line to loose vacuum power. This would cause the power assist function of the brakes to fail, increasing the effort needed to stop the SUV. This problem affects 25,000 units that were built between August 16, 2012 and January 8, 2014, along with the 2014 Range Rover Sport manufactured between May 7, 2013 and January 8, 2014.
Jaguar Land Rover will begin contacting customers about the recalls starting next week, March 13, 2015. As typical with all government mandated recalls, the issues will be fixed by the dealership free of charge to its customers. If you suspect your vehicle may be affected, it is advised you take your vehicle in to your local dealership as soon as possible.
Check out the official report from our friends at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Ann Arbor, Michigan- More than 20 eighth-grade students suffered minor injuries on Friday after their Saline School District school bus lost control and crashed into another school bus due to brake failure.
The Pittsfield Township police report states the driver of the bus that rear-ended the first bus said she tried to stop for a light and the brakes did not work, and her bus hit the one in front.
The driver in front reported she was stopping for the light when the rear bus hit hers.
Parents of injured students were contacted immediately,” said Steve Laatsch, Saline Area Schools assistant superintendent of instruction. “Teachers, school officials and EMS worked closely together to assure the well being of our students.”
According to Michigan State Police school bus inspection results for 2014, Saline schools had 33 buses pass and 12 buses receive a “yellow” rating, which means the buses were found in unsatisfactory condition but safe for use.
By law, districts must repair buses that receive a yellow rating within 60 days of the inspection.
There is currently no indication that there will be further investigation into the crash.
Two people are dead and two are injured following an untimely brake failure that took place last week in India.
The accident occurred when a construction truck experienced total brake failure and ultimately struck a nearby electric pole which then systematically hit a bypassing car that contained a family of four. A man, his wife and their two children were in the car. Among them, the mother was instantly killed while the rest sustained life threatening injuries.
Reports state that one of the daughters succumbed to her wounds in the hospital while the remaining father and daughter made full recoveries.
A large crowd of people gathered to help in transporting the injured to the hospital. Traffic was said to have been delayed for an extended period of time. So far, the police have not identified responsibility for this tragedy or issued any statements.
Two Boston firefighters were injured on Tuesday when an onboard oxygen cylinder on their SUV exploded following a gruesome crash due to brake failure. Reports say the firefighters were responding to an accident on a local freeway when the brakes when out causing them to crash into a nearby snowbank. This crash somehow ruptured the internal oxygen cylinder creating a catastrophic explosion.
Currently the two firefighters being treated at a local clinic for minor injuries are expected to be OK, according to EMS1 News.
The firefighters were wearing proper equipment according to protocol, protecting them from all the exploding flying debris.
The Boston EMS supervisor, who was driving to a training meeting, was not injured in the collision, fire or explosion.
Today, we have a brand new video depicting a horrific contraction zone crash involving a huge semi truck that possessed malfunctioning brakes and could not stop in time to prevent completely destroying the construction.
The video was uploaded by a dash car user who was fortunate enough not be struck by the truck.