Two Washington Redskins team buses collided on the way to TCF Bank Stadium. They were headed for the NFL team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
According to The Washington Post (11.2.14), one of the Minneapolis police squads escorting the team buses missed the exit ramp and spun sideways. The first bus, traveling at about 25 mph, managed to stop in time to avoid hitting the cruiser. However, the second bus rear-ended the first bus, which then swerved and went up and partially over an embankment. It stopped before rolling down a steep drop.
A report from ESPN (11.2.14), said that the police squad ended up in front of the buses after crashing into a guard rail. However, in both accounts, the first bus braked but the second bus rear ended it on the ramp.
Those on board the buses were said to “have a few bruises and to be shaken,” but no-one was seriously injured. Many players were not on board or involved.
Alternate buses brought the players, coaches and other members of the Washington organization to the stadium, which was about five minutes away from the accident site.
Coach Jay Gruden said the experience was “scary” and significant but didn’t affect the outcome of the game.
Rear end collisions are one of the most common kinds of vehicular accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 28 percent of all car accidents are rear-end collisions. These types of accidents are generally avoidable if drivers maintain a reasonably safe distance and speed. A rear end collision occurs when the front of one vehicle hits the rear of another vehicle from behind. The vehicle that hit the other one is generally presumed to be at fault for the accident, but this is not always true. The vehicle in front can be at fault.
Rear end collisions can happen when a car hits a car. However, injuries and damages are often worse when a car is rear ended by a bus, or other larger, heavier vehicle. The Redskins bus hit another bus while they were both traveling at a low speed. These factors lessened the likelihood of significant damages or injury.
The Washington Post news story is “Redskins team buses involved in accident en route to stadium (Updated).”
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