Investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board say confusing highway signs, driver error, and a lack of passenger safety features contributed to the deaths of five collge baseball players in the Atlanta bus crash in 2007.
According to the investigators, the bus driver thought he was getting on a HOV lane when he drove onto an elevated exit ramp, running through a stop sigh at highway speed and hurtling from an overpass onto the interstate below. The March 2nd crash killed five members of the Ohio’s Bluffton University baseball team and injured 28 others.
Nine accidents have occurred at the site between 1997 and 2007, including three fatal collisions. The drivers in all of the crashes were from outside the Atlanta area and therefore not familiar with the intersection.
Parents of several of the crash victims have called for stronger regulations on bus saftey, including more driver training, stronger roofs, shatterproof window glazing, and mandatory seat belts.
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