In order to drive one of those tour buses that you see on the roads, the driver needs a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Not only does a CDL usually necessitate more robust training than a regular driving license, but they are also held to higher standards of testing. They must also adhere to a lower drunken driving threshold than 0.08%, with theirs being 0.04%, regardless of what vehicle they are driving. Still, accidents can happen, particularly when roads get icy, as People reports.
In a Thanksgiving night accident, a bus carrying 56 passengers flipped onto its side in Washington.
The bus was carrying members of the University of Washington Husky Marching Band from Seattle the Apple Cup game in Pullman against their Washington State rivals.
Of the 56 passengers, 47 were taken to hospitals to be treated for minor injuries. The injuries included cuts and complaints of back pain and general pain. All but two of the students were eventually released. The two students were not thought to have life-threatening injuries.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation, but state troopers believe that all signs indicate that the roads were icy.
The driver lost control of the bus near the town of George shortly before 5:30 p.m. The bus then struck a ditch, causing it to roll over onto the passenger side.
In light of the accident and the injuries, the other members of the Husky Marching Band decided not to perform.