The view from inside a tour bus - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Posted by: George Brown, 10/11/04, 10:45pm

The view from inside a tour bus

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Bob Tucker's dealt with busses like this for almost thirty years, "This is the most valuable cargo in the world, people's lives." Something Tucker was reminded of when he saw video of Saturday's fatal bus crash near Marion. Tucker took us for a ride on a bus he says is similar to the one that crashed, "very same model that was involved in the crash." The seat configuration is the same as are the safety features, "If it's on its side you just pop it and your out. There's one at the back and one at the front. And on all of the windows on an MCI coach you just raise the latch and you're out the window." Tucker says those features are useless if the bus is upside down. Tucker isn't surprised there's a lot of focus on the bus driver, "In almost every case of a bus accident it turns out to be operator error, driver fatigue whatever." Tucker says the early hour may have saved lives, "Late at night they're tired, they're in their seat and they're lying down. And the shearing off of the bus, if you're lying down it might have saved your life." Speculation from a man who knows busses and says in most cases they're a safe way to get from point A to point B. The cause of the crash has not been determined.

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