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Multiple Collision with an Intercity Charter Bus, Passenger Car, and Transit Bus State Route 495

Executive Summary

About 7:34 a m. on October 9, 1986, two charter intercity tour buses loaded with European tourists were traveling westbound in the right lane on State Route (SR) 495 in North Bergen, New Jersey, en route to Washington,, D.C. As the westbound buses approached the Kennedy Boulevard exit on SR-495, the second bus suddenly veered leftward into the adjacent lane, struck the left rear of a passenger car traveling in that lane, then crossed into the eastbound contraflow lane, and struck a transit bus loaded with commuter passengers en route to New York City. One bus passenger aboard the transit bus was fatally injured and 26 other occupants aboard both buses sustained serious to minor injuries.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of this accident was the distraction of the charter busdriver from his driving duties while assisting a bus passenger with a CB radio which resulted the failure to remain within the proper traffic lane while traveling in a construction zone.

Accident Location: North Bergen , NJ    
Accident Date: 10/9/1986
Accident ID: DCA87MH001

Date Adopted: 10/27/1987
NTSB Number: HAR-87-06
NTIS Number: PB87-916209

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