Being behind a slow-moving vehicle can be frustrating, particularly if a person is in the left lanes of travel. However, passing can pose a potential danger when traffic is heavy, or weather conditions are poor. In order to pass another vehicle safely, a driver should initially speed up to about 10 or 15 miles per hour faster than the vehicle being passed. Once you have passed the vehicle, you should both check the rear-view mirror and look over your shoulder to ensure there is enough distance to safely get back into the lane. The turn signal should always be used and passing should always be done when in an appropriate passing zone, especially on two-lane roads.
Fox 5 Atlanta reports that investigators believe a bus was attempting to pass a truck when a fatal accident that killed five people occurred.
The crash occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The motor coach began its journey at about 10 p.m. Saturday in Queens, New York and then made stops in Manhattan and in Hackensack, New Jersey. The driver of the bus was about 10 minutes from a stop where he would be subbed out for another driver.
The driver was passing a FedEx truck when he lost control of the bus, went up an embankment, and ended up in the westbound travel lanes. The FedEx truck was unable to stop and crashed into the bus. A UPS truck then hit the bus and the FedEx truck.
The driver was ejected from the bus and was pronounced dead on the scene. Two bus passengers were also killed. They were identified as 35-year-old Eileen Zelis Aria and 9-year-old Jaremy Vazquez. 53-year-old Daniel Kenper and 48-year-old Dennis Kehler were also killed in the accident. Both were UPS employees.
The bus was carrying 56 passengers who were bound for Cincinnati, Ohio and then to Louisville.
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