by Francisco Guerra, IV. on 01/09/2012
A Montana bus crash led to two deaths and 32 injuries. Eight people remained in critical condition after their Rimrock Trailways bus crashed on an icy interstate highway in southwestern Montana. The bus accident occurred on Interstate 90 shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday.
The bus slid on its side, bouncing, which caused the driver’s side windows to break out. The window breaks led to ejections of multiple passengers, and left three people pinned underneath the bus.
Authorities believe that the bus was traveling 65 to 70 mph, and in icy conditions, that can be way too fast. The icy Montana roadway was the location of multiple crashes that same morning. The speed limit in the area is 75 mph, but Montana law requires motorists to travel at a speed that is safe for the conditions.
The bus was headed west from Billings to Missoula. Greyhound formerly owned the bus at issue before Rimrock Trailways took it over last summer. The bus company, Rimrock Trailways, was founded in 1972 in Billings and has 18 buses. The company reports that it had not had a fatal accident for 27 years prior to Sunday's crash.
Bus accidents often result in serious injuries or death. Bus accidents can be caused by such contributing factors as driver negligence, inadequate security, dangerous roadways, weather conditions, defective products and improper maintenance, among others.
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