The early morning rush hour recently ended in a crash between two buses in the Lincoln Tunnel June 10. Authorities reported that 18 people were hurt, but none of them suffered critical injuries.
The New Jersey Transit bus and private bus reportedly struck each other in the center tube of the tunnel. Traffic was rerouted from the tunnel, through which 19 million vehicles pass monthly. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Tunnel driving safety
As this recent accident highlights, tunnels can present unique hazards to drivers and passengers. Drivers in particular need to be especially alert when entering a tunnel and ensure that their headlights are on to increase visibility. Moving through a tunnel also requires attentiveness to all pavement markings and signage directing traffic, including electronic message signs. Motorists should also maintain a safe distance from the vehicles ahead of them, even if traffic is moving at a slow pace, and only stop in an emergency.
Perhaps an even greater danger when driving through a tunnel is the potential for fire, which may occur as the result of a crash. Drivers should never enter a tunnel if their vehicles are smoking or burning, but if fire is present, they should immediately turn off the vehicle. All passengers should exit the car immediately and then call emergency services for assistance.
Fortunately, no loss of life occurred in the recent Lincoln Tunnel crash. If you’ve been involved in an auto or bus accident you believe was the fault of another party, consult a knowledgeable personal injury attorney with [ln::firm_name].