Commuter Bus Rolls Downhill, Topples Over

Passengers were disembarked when the driver realised he or she would have trouble climbing the hill. Took a little over four hours to right the bus and tow it out.

I’d have likely been on that bus had I not been reassigned.

Do you mean that you would have been the driver ?
Or that you would have disobeyed the driver and remained on it when he told you to get off ?

I assumed he meant he would have been riding that particular bus that day, rather than your alternative suggestions of where he would have been during the crash.

Yes. It’s the one direct route between home and a former workplace, where I worked 8:30 to 5.

Seems like the buses need a better maintenance schedule (or crew). Good for the driver for asking the passengers to get off the bus before attempting the hill.

Many many years ago I used to work at the Ski Chalet on Columbia Pike. I don’t remember any steep hills. I lived about 2 blocks away.

This was a couple miles west, near Carlin Springs.

Or better buses. While looking for this story, I found mention of some buses taken out of service last year after three of them had brake failures. At least two buses even caught fire in the past few years.

So… Hundred dollar buses used with million dollar bus stops?

After getting the passengers off and before attempting the hill did the driver open the hood to check to see if the engine was still there?

How in the world did the driver know? On a car, at least, the “check engine” light means “You probably ought to get that looked at next chance it’s convenient, maybe in a few days”-- It certainly doesn’t mean “Something’s about to fail RIGHT THIS MINUTE, get everyone around you to safety or they’re ALL GOING TO DIE HORRIBLY!!!”. Are bus check engine lights so different, that they really give you such short warning?

Just one million dollar bus stop and Metro’s largely responsible for that bright idea.