Every toddler knows the wheels on the bus go round and round, but what happens when the wheels fly completely off of the bus? It’s no joking matter. A Palm Tran bus had its back wheels entirely disconnect while traveling on northbound I-95 Thursday.
The unbelievable event caused the driver to lose control of the bus which resulted an accident involving five vehicles. The crash generted two minor injuries and a terrible backup for the morning commute.
The wheels of the Palm Tran bus came off while it was traveling on Interstate 95 northbound in Boynton Beach near Woolbright Road, just after 7:15 a.m. on Thursday morning.
The crash spanned both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-95. Three vehicles were involved on the southbound side and the Palm Tran bus and another vehicle were on the northbound side, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
In all, the bus driver made a heroic effort to control the bus, but could not avoid hitting a vehicle, guardrail, and a light post.
The light post toppled over to the southbound lanes, hitting another vehicle. One of the bus’s wheels sprung over the median and struck a southbound truck.
The bus was rear-ended by yet another vehicle.
Two people, including the bus driver, were taken to a hospital. The driver has since been released.
There were no passengers on the bus during the accident.
Palm Tran officials stated that early indicators point to the cause of the wheels’ dislodging due to a third-party contractor failing to torque two rear ties on the bus.
The contractor, Goodyear, who is responsible for Palm Tran’s tire maintenance, says it is sending in its own investigators to assess the situation.