Wreck Rate for Metro Bus Drivers: Nearly 3 a Day--Watch out!
Posted: 06-07-10Category:Metro buses were involved in more than 1,000 collisions last year hundreds of which were deemed preventable or resulted in damages and injuries to riders, drivers and pedestrians, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis. On average, that's nearly three accidents or fender benders each day. Two accidents this year involved buses and Metro's light rail both the result of bus drivers running red lights, authorities said. In one case, 19 people were injured, and in the other, nine. And although such dramatic calamities are rare, collisions, injuries and traffic tickets are not. The Chronicle's review of accidents, citations and breakdowns involving the Metropolitan Transit Authority's 1,210 buses documented a total of 1,029 wrecks last year. Metro Police classified 338 of them as “preventable,” meaning the bus drivers involved could have taken measures to prevent the accidents; 220 caused at least $1,000 in damages or resulted in people ending up at hospitals. Altogether, at least 334 people were injured in bus or light rail accidents last year, according to the National Transit Database maintained by the Federal Transit Administration.