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  • Something to consider-Fires in paratransit buses

    This certainly got my attention. Unable to exit the vehicle on their own. One dead. Something to keep in mind, for sure.

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A fast-moving fire swept through a
    paratransit minibus in east Allentown on Tuesday afternoon, killing
    an unidentified disabled man and forcing the evacuation of two
    other passengers, authorities said.
    The fire started around 4:05 p.m., apparently in the engine
    compartment, before spreading through the rest of the vehicle, said
    Ronald Manescu, the assistant chief of the Allentown Police
    Department.
    The blue-and-white minibus is run by the Valley Association for
    Specialized Transportation to provide paratransit services for
    people with disabilities and the elderly in the Lehigh Valley.
    The driver pulled over after noticing smoke coming from the air
    conditioning vents, Manescu said. He discovered flames under the
    hood and went in search of a fire extinguisher. By the time he
    returned, police said, the minibus was engulfed by fire.
    At the nearby J.H. Bennett Toyota dealership, sales manager
    Robert Beers said one of the dealership's customers raced over to
    the burning van and helped remove the other two passengers.
    "There was so much black smoke and flames, I don't think I
    could get within ten feet of it," Beers said.
    The identity of the man who died was not immediately released.
    The names and conditions of the other two passengers were not
    known, police said. One refused medical treatment and the second
    was taken to St. Luke's Hospital to be treated for smoke
    inhalation. A St. Luke's spokeswoman declined to comment.

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  • #2
    What a terrible accident. Hopefully what was wrong will be corrected. Silver Springs was the wake up call for the passenger rail safety. Hopefully this will be the one for the bus industry.

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    • #3
      This is a tragic reminder of how important prevention and safety are. That bus should have had a fire extinguisher on board so the driver did not have to leave his passengers to go in search of one.
      Last edited by superchef; 06-25-2003, 04:40 PM.

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      • #4
        I think this is an issue of driver training and company policy. Why in the hell would you leave disabled passengers in a burning bus, even if it was a "small" fire.

        Get the people out and let the damn bus burn!

        My money says there is going to be a BIG law suit over this one.
        Never argue with an Idiot. They drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience!

        IACOJ

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