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Monday, February 4, 2013

ZOMG! Ban GPS!

Normally we don't see episodes like this outside of September, when invariably some new college freshman and their parents rip the top off a U-Haul because of this...

Bus Driver May Have Been Distracted By GPS Before Soldiers Field Road Crash
BOSTON (CBS) – The man behind the wheel of the tour bus that slammed into an overpass in Boston Saturday night may have been distracted.
Investigators are looking into whether 66-year-old Samuel Jackson may have been checking his GPS when he missed a warning sign and slammed the bus into the Western Avenue overpass on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton.
How do you make a tour bus a convertible?


Oopsie.

My sister was almost caught in the massive traffic jam caused by this, except that a) she left a few minutes before it happened, and b) her route was nowhere near where this happened. Usually we see this happen when first-time college kids flood into Boston in late August and no one things to check on silly things like road height - I mean, it's a big city with big trucks, right? Hell, I've seen it on my commute to work with a low(ish) train bridge. About once a year someone in a box truck doesn't pay attention to the signs and BANG!

Those signs are there for a reason, folks...

That is all.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

When interviewed Mr Jackson said,

Enough is enough! I have had it with these m*****f*****g snakes on this m*****f*****g bus!"

Or maybe not.

Gerry

Old NFO said...

Yep, "attention to detail" those little minor things...

Dave H said...

A perfect illustration of Condition White.

R said...

Paul Leavy has a pretty good explanation of why we might want to reconsider our reaction of blaming the bus driver. Apparently thirty years ago, way before GPS assisted collisions were an issue, hitting the low overpasses in Boston was addressed by very simple technology that hasn't been maintained. I believe in personal responsibility but I think human factors engineering should be implemented when it can positively improve public safety at minimal cost.

Dave H said...

Mr. Leavy makes a good point, and I'm all for making any process as idiot-proof (no reflection on the driver) as possible, but the fact remains that a driver is responsible for the safe operation of his vehicle. Especially a vehicle that takes passengers for hire.

Andie said...

R, thanks for sharing that link, that helps to clarify things a bit.

Dave H, agree with you, however, there are only so many things that will show up as warning ahead of time when you are doing route checks, etc. I TOTALLY agree with you on the responsibility, especially where he had passengers. However, I pride myself on scouting ahead on places I will be driving, especially if unfamiliar, and I have been caught in unmentioned traffic, construction, and even turned-around one way streets!

True, the driver should have been "eyes on the road" but I feel that Boston has been lax (I lived around the area for 8 years) with maintenance that could have prevented this, and other, accident.