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Accident Report Detail

 
Collision of G & D Auto Sales, Inc., Tow Truck Towing Automobile, Branch Motor Express Company Tractor-Semi-Trailer

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAt 11:45 a.m., on January 10, 1984, a G & D Auto Sales, Inc., tow truck was turning right from the company's driveway onto westbound State Route 44 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts when the rear-facing passenger car in tow, a 1981 Oldsmobile, was struck by an eastbound tractor-semitrailer operated by Branch Express Company. The 76,950-pound tractor-semitrailer continued eastbound; crossed the centerline of the damp, two-lane, two-way roadway; and struck the left front of a westbound Town of Rehoboth schoolbus carrying 15 students, ages 5 and 6. The 1979 schoolbus overturned and came to rest on its roof off the roadway. The driver of the schoolbus, and one student were killed; 12 students were injured. The driver of the tow truck was not injured.


Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable causes of the accident were (a) unsecured steering axle wheels of the vehicle being towed by the rear, (b) excursion of the towed vehicle over the highway centerline into the path of the oncoming tractor-semitrailer, (c) loss of directional control by the driver of the tractor-semitrailer and (d) entry of the uncontrolled tractor-semitrailer into the opposing traffic lane where it struck the schoolbus.


Accident Location: Rehoboth , MA    
Accident Date: 1/10/1984
Accident ID: DCA84FH005

Date Adopted: 11/5/1984
NTSB Number: HAR-84-05
NTIS Number: PB84-916205

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