- - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The deadly Humboldt State University bus crash in Northern California, which killed 10 people, including five students, is a genuine tragedy (“Drivers in California crash had clean records,” Web, April 14).

Though the FedEx truck likely caused the accident, because it slammed into the bus while apparently not braking, there are still a lot of unanswered questions regarding how safe the student tour bus really was.

The students apparently had to smash windows to escape the bus, so one wonders if the bus’ emergency exit was working and easily accessible. Was the bus overcrowded at the time of the accident?

A fire broke out on the front of the bus after it was hit. Did the bus have any fire extinguishers that were in working condition, and did anyone on the bus know how to use them? What exactly caused the fire?

Was the bus driver properly licensed and not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash? Finally, was the bus in good working order with no mechanical problems?

KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN

Huntington Beach, Calif.


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