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Accident Report Detail

 
Collision of Humbolt County Dump Truck and Klamath Trinity Unified District Schoolbus State Route 96

Executive Summary

‚ÄčOn February 24, 1983, an empty dump truck, traveling north on State Route 96, a two-lane rural highway near Willow Creek, California suddenly veered left across the centerline and collided head-on with a southbound schoolbus loaded with 37 occupants. The truckdriver and one schoolbus passenger seated directly behind the schoolbus driver were killed; the schoolbus driver and 30 passengers were injured.


Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the inattention of the truckdriver to the developing traffic situation ahead and the execution of a braking maneuver, that resulted in the truck sliding out of the proper lane of travel.

Contributing to the severity of some of the student injuries were the pre-Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 222 schoolbus seats with exposed metal frames.


Accident Location: Willow Creek , CA    
Accident Date: 2/24/1983
Accident ID: DCA83AH003AB

Date Adopted: 12/5/1983
NTSB Number: HAR-83-05
NTIS Number: PB83-916205

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