We take another look Tuesday at the tragic accident on the New York State Thruway. It doubtless will amaze some people just how much is known of the special safety hazards associated with extended passenger vans — the type involved in Saturday’s carnage. Seven Bronx church members were killed when their van blew a tire, the driver overcompensated, and the van went out of control, rolling over several times. Hundreds have been killed in such rollover accidents involving 15-passenger vans. What’s more amazing? That Washington allows them to stay on the road. Here’s the top of our editorial:
If you read nothing else about the tragic van crash Saturday on the New York State Thruway that killed or injured a whole pew-ful of Bronx church members, read this potentially lifesaving advice: Always buckle up when you ride in such an “extended van” — the ubiquitous vehicles have a long and bloody history of rollover accidents; be extra wary of overloaded vans and inexperienced van drivers — either heightens the risk of calamity; and it wouldn’t hurt to conduct a visual inspection of the tires on a van before heading out — a safety expert told CBS News that the tires on such vans must never fail.
Read the rest Tuesday. In the meantime, here’s a link to a federal highway safety officials’ advisory on 15-passenger vans that was issued earlier this year.
And here is a link to a website dedicated to getting 15-passenger vans off the road. The site includes some news and video clips that make the peril even clearer.
See what you think. Oh, and stay safe.