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Accident Report Detail

 
Greyhound Motorcoach Run-Off-The-Road Accident

Executive Summary

​About 4:05 a.m. on June 20, 1998, a 1997 Motor Coach Industries 47-passenger motorcoach, operated by Greyhound Lines, Inc., was on a scheduled trip from New York City to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, traveling westbound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Burnt Cabins, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. As the bus approached milepost (MP) 184.9, it traveled off the right side of the roadway into an "emergency parking area," where it struck the back of a parked tractor-semitrailer, which was pushed forward and struck the left side of another parked tractor-semitrailer. Of the 23 people on board the bus, the driver and 6 passengers were killed; the other 16 passengers were injured. The two occupants of the first tractor-semitrailer were injured, and the occupant of the second tractor-semitrailer was uninjured.


Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the busdriver’s reduced alertness resulting from ingesting a sedating antihistamine and from his fatigued condition resulting from Greyhound Lines, Inc., scheduling irregular work-rest periods. Contributing to the severity of the accident was the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s practice of routinely permitting nonemergency parking in pull-off areas within the highway clear zone.


Accident Location: Burnt Cabins , PA    
Accident Date: 6/20/1998
Accident ID: HWY98MH033

Date Adopted: 1/5/2000
NTSB Number: HAR-00-01
NTIS Number: PB2000-916201