A view of the charter bus that hit a pedestrian bridge in the Washington Park Arboretum.
The charter bus which carry the High School girls softball team hit the brick and concrete footbridge .The accident occurred because the driver was using a GPS navigation system that routed the 12-foot bus under the 9-foot bridge . The off-the-shelf navigation unit had settings for car, motorcycle, bus or truck. Although the unit was set for a bus, it chose a route through the Washington Park Arboretum that did not provide enough clearance for the nearly 12-foot-high vehicle.The driver said that he did not see the flashing lights or yellow sign posting the bridge height.
The accident tells us two points.
One is that the GPS should offer the route for larger vehicles base directions on general information. Second is that drivers always are careful to drive and need to obey all the rules of the road at all times.