According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the bus crash that killed two students in Houston last year may have been the result of inferior repairs to a bridge guard rail. The NTSB claims that this accident has not been the first accident at the site, and that previous repairs were deemed inferior. The accident occurred when a vehicle struck a school bus, which fell then fell off an overpass, killing two students.
The report found that the TxDOT reused bolts after a previous accident in the same spot where the bus fell. The prior severe impact caused significant damage to the concrete parapet and the anchor bolts. The NTSA saw that the bolts that were bent over by the prior impact were then bent back and reused rather than being replaced. In addition, there was repair mortar that had been used to patch spills at the posts due to the impact of the previous accident, which was inferior in quality to the original concrete. As a result, TxDOT has changed its repair procedure for damaged rails.
This tragic accident resulted in the deaths of two students. Those deaths could have been easily prevented. If you or your loved one has been involved in an accident, call the Houston automobile accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit our Facebook page to learn more.