Bus Crash at Miami Airport Kills Two Passengers

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Motor Vehicle Accident on Monday, December 3, 2012

A tour bus carrying 32 member of a church group ran into an overpass at the Miami International Airport on Saturday, killing two passengers and critically injuring three others.

The bus crash occurred when the driver apparently took a wrong turn and drove into the overpass at the airport, in spite of large signs warning drivers that “High Vehicle STOP Turn Left.” According to the Associated Press, the driver was not familiar with the roads surrounding the airport and did not appear to recognize the danger posed by the overpass.

The coach bus traveling approximately 20 mph and was too tall to clear the entrance at the arrivals area. The AP story referenced airport representative Greg Chin as saying that buses must use the departures area, which has the higher clearance required for tall coach buses.

This fatal accident is the latest involving large coach buses. Fifteen passengers were killed in The Bronx in 2011 when a fatigued driver crashed a bus, tipping it on its side and sliding into a highway sign support that ripped the roof of the bus.

While the bus company involved in the Miami accident did not appear to have any prior crashes, the safety record of some bus companies has been questionable. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has noted problems with “phantom carriers,” who go out of business when they violate safety regulations, only to reappear later, with a new name and an old record.

Source: Associated Press, “2 Dead in Bus Crash Into Overpass at Miami Airport,” Suzette Laboy, December 2, 2012

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