GPS routed the bus under the bridge

A view of the charter bus that hit a pedestrian bridge Wednesday in the Washington Park Arboretum. Photo: Dan DeLong/Seattle Post-Intelligencer / SL

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.

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One Response to GPS routed the bus under the bridge

  1. mizu0125 says:

    I think this insident also tells us that relying on technology too much can cause accidents. What is important is to double check again with your own eyes and not just follow what the navigation says. Obviously, this driver seemed to have lacked this double checking, but this would have never occured if the driver had in mind that technology is not always accurate.
    I’m currently attending a driving school and I am told over and over again to always check with my own eyes. This accident really assured me the importance of double checking.

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