Spatial reasoning seems like a basic requirement for a bus driver, right? Maybe that’s asking too much, seeing as how yesterday morning a Megabus driver got on the wrong ramp at the Lincoln Tunnel and wedged a bus full of passengers into an overpass.
This is the second time in three years that a Megabus has crashed into an overpass. Back in 2010 four people were killed in the collision. This time around the crash was milder: Only two people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries.
When we reached out to Megabus for comment, we got a cookie-cutter PR firm response. It did, however, indicate that the company is launching an internal investigation, confirming that the driver responsible has been placed “out-of-service.” Reading through the tweets of the bus’ passengers, it appears that they all got a full refund. Good on you, Megabus.
The driver has received a summons for the incident, probably on the charge of “Playing Tetris with a Bus, Lol.”
The twitterverse exploded in a cloud of snark following the incident, from bystanders and passengers. Some of our favorites are below.
Megabus coming from Pittsburgh to NY hit an overpass. Hahahahahaha cute
— kristiana bredhoff (@kristianaaaaaa_) July 9, 2013
http://t.co/gP0Kdyx5bb story of my damn morning, drivers should maybe look at those crazy height warning signs
— Edmund Rhudy (@erhudy) July 9, 2013
@lucyrobertson01 potential to be the worst megabus journey of them all today. Scorching, rammed & megabus should never be in the same tweet
— Ben Strickland (@stricksmate) July 9, 2013
Wow. Megabus gonna crash themselves right out of business.
— Shanté (@britneyisland) July 9, 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 10, 2013