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Accident Report Detail

Bus Collision with Pedestrians

Executive Summary

On June 11, 1997, a transit bus collided with seven pedestrians at a “park and ride” transit facility in Normandy, Missouri. The bus was being operated by a driver trainee who had just completed a routine stop at the station. After allowing the passengers to debark from the bus, the driver trainee began to move the bus forward to provide clearance for another bus to pass. The driver trainee, who was reportedly unable to stop the bus, allowed it to surmount the curb and continue onto the station platform. The resulting encroachment onto the platform resulted in the deaths of four pedestrians and injuries to three others.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the driver trainee’s misapplication of the accelerator, resulting in the bus’s override of the curb and travel onto the occupied pedestrian platform. Contributing to the deaths and injuries was the absence of effective positive separation between the transit facility roadway and the station’s pedestrian platform.

Accident Location: Normandy , MO    
Accident Date: 6/11/1997
Accident ID: CRH97FH007

Date Adopted: 2/19/1998
NTSB Number: HAR-98-01-SUM
NTIS Number: PB98-916201