Glenn County Sheriff?s officers walk past the remains of a tour bus that was struck by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 in Northern California, a day after the April 10, 2014 crash that killed 10 people and injured dozens. Federal safety officials have offered recommendations in the wake of the fiery crash.
Federal safety officials this week urged secondary doors for motorcoaches and safety briefings before every trip, similar to those on planes.
The National Transportation Safety Board also reiterated a need for data recorders on buses and commercial trucks ?similar to those found on planes and trains? to provide important information when there?s a crash.
The recommendations issued at the conclusion of the NTSB?s investigation of a?fiery crash involving a FedEx truck and a bus in Northern California, could push significant reforms in the safety protocols of the?intercity bus transportation industry that provides as many as 605 million passenger trips annually.
The NTSB said passengers who choose a motorcoach to travel daily between cities deserve the same level of safety standards required for other modes of transportation such as train and air.
?We cannot undo the terrible toll of the crash,? NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said, speaking about the April 10, 2014 Oakland, Calif. crash that killed 10 people, including the two drivers and five high school students.. ?We can, however, repeat our urgent message to regulators to take appropriate action to give motorcoach passengers a better chance of walking away from any such crash in the future.?
NTSB investigators said they couldn?t determine why the truck-tractor double trailer that was traveling southbound in the right lane on Interstate 5 moved into the left lane, crossed a 58-foot-wide median, and emerged into the northbound lanes, striking a passenger car and then crashing head-on into the motorcoach. The bus was carrying 42 students and three chaperones on a college tour trip. Dozens were injured, in addition to the 10 people killed.
Hart said?event data recorders could have helped investigators identify what caused the crash, but neither the truck-tractor nor the bus?was equipped with recorders. The board in the past has urged regulators to?develop and implement?standards for on-board recording of bus and truck crash data.