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Schoolbus Rollover, State Route 88

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAbout 12:20 p.m. on March 13, 1985, an Ashe County School District schoolbus driven by a 17-year-old student driver and carrying 22 students, ages 16 and 17, was traveling up an 8-percent grade on eastbound State Route 88 near Jefferson, North Carolina, when it went off the right edge of the road in a left curve and crossed the grassy shoulder. The 1980 schoolbus then rolled one revolution to the right and down a steep embankment and came to rest upright 24 feet below the road surface against two trees. There was no fuel leakage or fire. It was daylight the weather was clear, and the two-lane roadway was dry. One student was seriously injured, one sustained moderate injuries, and the other 20 had minor injuries; the schoolbus driver was not injured. None of the bus occupants were ejected from the schoolbus.


Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the inattention of the 17 year-old student schoolbus driver to his driving task which resulted in the schoolbus leaving the road, loss of control, and a subsequent overturn of the schoolbus. Contributing to the accident was the distraction of the driver by the unruly behavior of the student passengers. Contributing to the severity of the accident was the lack of a guardrail to redirect errant vehicles away from the steep embankment.


Accident Location: Jefferson , NC    
Accident Date: 3/13/1985
Accident ID: DCA85MH003

Date Adopted: 12/10/1985
NTSB Number: HAR-85-05
NTIS Number: PB85-916206

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