PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A school bus involved in an accident while students were onboard has been taken out of service pending an investigation.
Now, investigators are trying to determine if there was a mechanical failure on the bus and if more buses are at risk.
Inspectors from the city and state have been at A-1 Transit all morning as part of what they’re calling “routine spot inspections.” However, they moved A-1 up as a result of an accident involving one of their buses Monday in Lawrenceville.
The bus involved in the accident had a separate inspection done from the rest of the fleet.
“Since that inspection, it’s only traveled six miles. In those six miles, three of the brakes went out of adjustment, a U-bolt had been missing prior to the inspection which should have been caught by the inspection garage,” Pittsburgh Police Inspector Tom Jacques said. “The vehicle should not have been on the roadway. Yes, it was just inspected, had only driven about six miles, still should not have been on the roadway. That’s why we do these spot inspections.”
The exact cause of the accident is not known, but there were mechanical issues with the bus. A-1 Transportation says potholes contributed to the accident.
Meantime, Pittsburgh Public Schools has terminated its contract with A-1 Transportation for that specific route.
The city Board of Education’s transportation director says they’ve had problems with A-1 Transportation in the past and plan to be more rigorous with inspections from now on.