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Funny to have a Hauling and Recovery sign at the end of the bus. You will have to convince me that this isn't a fake photo. Way too many things wrong with the picture.

 

Unfortunately it's real. Here's the news link.

http://www.local8now.com/home/headlines/Broken-bolt-causes-wheels-to-fall-off-school-bus-carrying-Maryville-students-360496911.html?device=tablet&c=y

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I realize that the spelling and grammar police (i.e. me, amongst too many others) are having to slowly accept lower standards, but I find it absolutely hilarious that it happened "...(w)hen the driver hit the breaks...".

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I have seen it happen on a semi trailer. Not one of my companies let's make that clear.

 

The driver had slide the tandems on the trailer but didn't lock them in mistake #1.

He went down the road and had to make a panic stop and for what ever reason he thought he would stop faster by pulling out the red air supply knob Dumb mistake #2

The brakes obviously completely locked.

the rear end of the trailer started jumping up and down and tandems slid all the way back and tore out the back end of the trailer landing on the ground behind him.

 

"Here's your sign"

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I have seen it happen on a semi trailer. Not one of my companies let's make that clear.

 

The driver had slide the tandems on the trailer but didn't lock them in mistake #1.

He went down the road and had to make a panic stop and for what ever reason he thought he would stop faster by pulling out the red air supply knob Dumb mistake #2

The brakes obviously completely locked.

the rear end of the trailer started jumping up and down and tandems slid all the way back and tore out the back end of the trailer landing on the ground behind him.

 

"Here's your sign"

 

This thread brings back my ......"abused-childhood"......We were rounding a sweep turn about 45 MPH in the 55 KW long-logger when a Bug-Eyed Sprite came at us half-in-our-lane........."Grumps" swerved onto the soft-shoulder and the old truck started to dig in hard.......ALL of a SUDDEN a hell of a HUGE bump and when I glanced in the mirror........the load of logs was.......gone......(up in the air about 15 feet!!)........then the old KW rolled over on it's side......HARD....

 

In the soft shoulder the front driver torque-arm had broken the ball-joint and the rear-driver climbed over the front driver...........Bad JuJu Day......

"

"Grumps" remark............"J u s t a n o t h e r d a y m a k i n a f o r t u n e l o g ' n.........."

 

Drive on..........(Keep your drivers in .....order)

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A 15 year old bus still carrying kids? Around here, they're retired long before that.

This is Tennessee in the Appalachians. Shoot just getting broken in at 15 years. On a serious note, bus companies around here are privately owned, but do require documented inspections yearly. Not ideal but bussing is on the bottom of the education budget since most of the budget comes from the local community and not the state.

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If you do a search on school bus lost axle there actually have been a few of these that have happened.

 

Also if you are worried about a 15 year old bus still being used, I suggest you do not look at the age of the airplane you might be getting in and definitely don't go for a ride in one of my vehicles! I have 37, 25, 13, 10, and 9 year old vehicles and the 25 year old one is my winter work car because it is all wheel drive (and has collector car plates because it is over 20 years old). Many of the HDT's on the forum are over 15 years old.

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My child bride (she was 19 on our wedding day) drove a bus for 20 years. Much of that was in older buses. In Indiana, there is no age limit on buses, but after they reach a certain age, they get inspected twice annually, rather than once. The article linked above also mentioned that the bus had passed the twice yearly inspections.

 

I wouldn't hesitate to climb into a 40 y/o Cessna, or a 80 y/o Steerman or Waco. ;)

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Call me a greenie eco freak, but kids breathe in half again as much air as we do, 25% more PM2.5 sticks to the insides of their lungs as ours, and it has been found many times over that there is 10-15% more PM (soot) in the air inside the bus than there is outside. Something like 70% of kids' particulate intake is just traveling to and from school. There are many ways to combat it but every time a DPF (or DOC for retrofit) makes head and shoulder improvements over all the other ways. So my opinion is to save the old busses to move inmates and haul Grandmas to the casinos, but if it is manufactured or purchased to move kids then a a new bus or a retrofit one is well warranted.

 

My computer has no sound so I have no idea what they are all saying, but interesting that it happened upon braking. But I suppose that is the highest amount of axle torque in the life of a 250HP bus. Or I wonder if a backwards installed axle has something to do with it?

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Call me a greenie eco freak, but kids breathe in half again as much air as we do, 25% more PM2.5 sticks to the insides of their lungs as ours, and it has been found many times over that there is 10-15% more PM (soot) in the air inside the bus than there is outside. Something like 70% of kids' particulate intake is just traveling to and from school. There are many ways to combat it but every time a DPF (or DOC for retrofit) makes head and shoulder improvements over all the other ways. So my opinion is to save the old busses to move inmates and haul Grandmas to the casinos, but if it is manufactured or purchased to move kids then a a new bus or a retrofit one is well warranted.

 

My computer has no sound so I have no idea what they are all saying, but interesting that it happened upon braking. But I suppose that is the highest amount of axle torque in the life of a 250HP bus. Or I wonder if a backwards installed axle has something to do with it?

Nice info Scrap. School boards will not want to hear that but I may tell them anyway. Could you share your sources in a PM?

 

Thanks,

 

Rod

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