The recent Megabus crash is the fourth collision that has occurred for the low-cost carrier since October 2014. The recent accident happen just south of Indianapolis, Indiana on Interstate 65. Initial reports indicate that the double-decker bus did not provide adequate time or distance to avoid hitting a semi-truck stopped in the roadway. In addition to the initial collision, subsequent passenger vehicles collided into the wreck causing a chain reaction. No one in the other vehicles suffered any life-threatening injuries.
Megabus is a major transportation provider carrying thousands of passengers to their destinations every day. Throughout every year, the company transports more than 18 million passengers across northern America. The company is owned and operated by Coach USA, a recognized interstate commercial carrier with more than 250 buses in their fleet. As a low cost transportation carrier, the bus line offers one-way tickets for as little as one dollar. Because of that, most of the company’s buses traveling the nation’s interstates are filled to capacity.
Even though the 19 injuries occurring in the April, 2015 bus crash were not serious, important questions have been raised about the company’s procedures on maintaining their buses along with driver training and road safety. While the carrier is able to offer low-fare solutions, they also have the ability to avoid various safety rules because they pick up and drop off customers at curbside locations instead of traditional bus terminals. Continue reading ›