Bystanders stood in disbelief in Nigeria yesterday after a school bus experienced brake failure and killed a child. The driver was said to be decending one of Nigeria’s biggest hills when the bus’ brakes went out, causing the driver to swerve and strike three children playing outside their home.
According to reports, only one of the children was killed immediately upon impact and the other two were rushed to a local hospital for treatment. They are reported to be in critical condition.
The caretaker of the scene of the accident was interviewed following the crash and stated “I can’t understand why this has to happen to us’’.
A three-vehicle accident that occurred on Friday in New York was allegedly due to brake failure.
Ellen D. Waschevski, 62, was heading east in the city at about 12:15 p.m. when she said she tried to slow down because the car in front of her had stopped. Unfortunately, Ellen did not stop but continued forward and slammed into the back of a car driven by Fawn A. Hoener. The force from the rear-ending was so great, that it caused a chain-reaction of cars and sent Mrs.Hoener in to the back of a pickup truck just a few meters ahead.
Luckily, nobody was injured in the accident. But unfortunately for Ellen, she was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Do you think Ellen deserves this citation? Was it really her fault that the brakes had failed? Leave your comments below.
Brake failure was allegedly the reason for the driver of a white Dodge Stratus to run a stop sign while traveling east in Jamestown last night. After the driver ran the stop sign, she immediately blind-sided a blue Ford Fusion, causing the Ford to lose control and slam into the side of a hair salon.
“We’ve got some serious injuries here,” said Capt. Todd Isaacson of the Jamestown Police Department. He noted that it was yet to be determined whether the car had experienced brake failure, but he did state that the car was being hauled to the impound for a full inspection.
A witness said the female driver could be heard repeating, “I couldn’t stop,” as she was being pulled from the vehicle.
“Utterances like that usually indicate brake failure,” Isaacson said. “Charges will align after further investigation of inspection.”
Isaacson said inadequate brakes are a misdemeanor in New York state, and driving through the stop sign will result in a ticket for failure to yield, regardless of other charges.
The two parties involved were transferred to the local hospital for treatment and are said to be in stable condition. Nobody was hurt at the hair salon.
Chrysler has announced they are issuing a full-scale recall of Ram Promaster Vans due to a assembly malfunction that could possibly sear the brake line and cause total brake-failure.
The recall affects 6,800 Promasters built from July 1 to November 15, 2013, although only two percent of those vehicles are believed to suffer from the brake problem! Ironically, about 50% of those vehicles are still in dealer inventory.
The cause of the malfunction is a tool that may have accidentally damaged one of the brake hoses during assembly. That damage could quite possibly result in a brake fluid leak and ultimately cause greater stopping distances, which of course would increase the risk of a crash.
No accidents or injuries have been linked to the issue, Ram says.
Ram will set the situation right by having dealers inspect and, as needed, replace the brake hoses. The recall is set to begin this month.
In the United Arabic Emirates, brake failure seems to be the “reoccurring theme” for reckless drivers that crash their cars. According to a study done by Technical Inspection Center, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), there are dozens of faulty reports by teens and adults alike that blame brake failure for their irresponsible driving.
But when it comes time to check the car for any kind of malfunction, most of the time the car comes up clean and it is found that the driver was the one responsible for the crash. Nassir Nouri, Director of the RTA, said “I tested a car reported to be suffering from brake failure. I spent most of the day testing the car on roads closed for testing purposes, but I found there was no problem in the brakes,”.
Nouri said the center had received many “strange” reports about car brake problems, including that from a school boy who failed the second half of his driving test.
People in the UEA seem to think brake failure is common with most cars. On the contrary, most cars that experience brake failure are ones that are extremely old and overdue for new brakes. A brake failure on a newer car is nearly unheard of.
One person was killed and 30 people were taken to three hospitals with injuries in a pileup on Interstate 25 as a group of heavy snow tore through Denver on March 1, 2014. Local police said a total of 104 vehicles were involved in a string of accidents between Logan Street and University Boulevard that occurred as the heavy snow moved through town before 11 a.m.
“People were just driving too fast for conditions,” said Darrell Barber, whose Chevy Tahoe was hit repeatedly during the chain of crashes. “It was totally preventable.”
According to the Denver Post, Denver only received a total of 0.75 inches of snow the morning of the huge crash. I’m no meteorologist, but isn’t that an extremely small amount of snow? Check out the photo below to see what kind of damage 0.75 inches can really do.