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Indiana trooper prevents crash by pulling over unsafe Megabus

If you're like most people then you either love or hate Megabus. Offering cheap rates to a number of major cities in the country, these giant motor coaches have fallen under scrutiny in the last few years as a growing number of crashes begs the question: are bus operators really maintaining the safety of these vehicles?

That question was perhaps answered just a few days ago near Gary when an Indiana trooper noticed a double-decker Megabus speeding down Interstate 80/94. According to the officer, not only was the bus travelling 67 in a 55 mph zone but the bus was also leaning dangerously to one side, suggesting that something was wrong structurally with the bus. After seeing this, the officer quickly pulled over the bus, giving the driver a ticket for speeding and for the dangerous condition of the vehicle.

Even though the 47-year-old driver told the officer she knew about the problem, she still continued to operate the vehicle, which is a decision many of our Lawrenceburg readers would consider not only reckless but negligent as well.

Although no one on the bus was injured or killed, it's possible that the situation could have gone quite differently. Inspectors noted that the bus not only had suspension failure but it also had a defective emergency exit as well. If the bus had crashed because of the failure in the suspension system, the defective emergency exit could have prevented people from escaping the bus, perhaps costing people their lives in the process.

Although getting unsafe vehicles such as this off of Indiana's roads is important, so too is holding operators responsible for their negligence, especially if the outcome of an unsafe situation does not have the happy ending like the one above. In the event of crashes, victims have the right to hold negligent operators accountable for their actions, especially if they continue to transport passengers in hazardous vehicles, like in the situation we just mentioned.

Source: The Chicago Tribune, "Indiana police take unsafe Megabus out of service," Jan. 1, 2015

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