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Highway Accident Brief: Fatal Pedestrian Collision with Transit Bus New York City, New York, October 21, 2016

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAbout 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016, a 2006 Motor Coach Industries transit bus operated by the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was traveling southwest on Water Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The bus, driven by a 63-year-old male, entered the intersection with Whitehall Street on a green traffic signal. (Water Street becomes State Street at this intersection.) The bus did not clear the intersection before the signal turned red. Instead, it stopped behind a line of vehicles waiting for the light to change one block west (at State Street and Peter Minuit Plaza). The bus blocked part of the crosswalk on Water/State Street.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the crash in New York City, New York, was the failure of the bus driver to check for pedestrians in the crosswalk immediately in front of the bus before he accelerated from a stopped position.

Accident Location: New York City , NY USA  
Accident Date: 10/21/2016
Accident ID: HWY17SH006, DCA15SS005

Date Adopted: 7/31/2018
NTSB Number: HAB1810
NTIS Number:  

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