Pickup Rear-Ends Bus at Rt 34 and Racebrook,13 Injured in Orange, CT
Orange, CT— September 8, 2022, thirteen people were injured when a pickup truck crashed into a passenger bus at an intersection in Orange.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 7:00 p.m. at the crossing of Route 34 and Racebrook Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the bus had just stopped at the intersection when a pickup truck behind it failed to reduce speed and rear-ended it.
The pickup driver and twelve bus passengers were taken to area hospitals for evaluation and treatment.
The investigation is ongoing but police say hindered visibility from sun glare may have been a factor.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Bus Accident at Rt 34 and Racebrook in Orange
People may read news accounts of this crash and see it as pretty open-and-shut; a pickup crashed into a bus, so doesn't that mean the truck driver is automatically at fault?
It's possible that further investigation will find that the pickup driver was following too closely, traveling too fast, or not paying adequate attention. All those and combinations of them cause similar wrecks every day all over the world. However, before anyone decides that's a foregone conclusion it's important to look closely and be sure all the possible variables are considered.
For instance: Was the pickup in good repair, or did a bad or defective part keep it from stopping (like the GM ignition switch fiasco a few years ago)? If the bus "just stopped" as the news stated, did the bus driver brake suddenly or gradually as the bus approached the light? Did the bus obscure the pickup driver's view of the intersection? How far apart were the two vehicles before reaching the intersection? What's the condition of the road in that area? How was the weather at the time?
That's just a handful of the blanks that still need filling in to be sure the truth is learned. In the meantime, it's best not to jump to any conclusions from the sidelines. Anyone tempted to do so should instead focus on how best to help the people injured in the crash.