BBC NEWS | Five injured in bus bridge crash

August 6, 2006

BBC NEWS | England | Tees | Five injured in bus bridge crash

Five people were injured, including a 12-year-old boy, when a double-decker bus ploughed into a railway bridge slicing off its roof.

It’s probably futile to point out that on the railways, drivers have to know the route they’re going to be driving, in considerable detail. If they don’t know the route or the characteristics of the train their driving (e.g. whether it will fit under the bridges on the route) they don’t drive the train.

While that level of route knowledge would probably be overkill for road transport, ensuring some form of route (and vehicle) knowledge for drivers of commercial vehicles would prevent many accidents of this type from happening. And save a lot of milage from being wasted by people driving lorries and buses around unfamiliar areas without maps.

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