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Old 04-18-2011
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Salem man killed changing bus tire in Roanoke

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Salem man killed changing bus tire
A 58-year-old man from Salem was killed Friday while changing the tire of a Coach America tour bus on southbound Interstate 581 in Roanoke, according to Virginia State Police.

The man, whose name hasn't been released, had almost finished changing a flat tire near the Hershberger Road exit about 9:45 p.m. when the jack he was using got stuck, Trooper J.R. Hypes said. The man crawled underneath the bus to get it out, Hypes said.

The jack and another part on the bus broke, causing the bus to come down and crush him, he said.

The tour bus filled with school-aged children was returning to Greensboro, N.C., after a trip to Washington. When the tire went flat, another bus came to pick the children up so they wouldn't have to wait, Hypes said.
There were no passengers on the bus when the incident happened.
The man was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Sad. One small lapse in judgement. In mining you either die in the first year because you don't recognize danger or you die after 20 years service when you start to think you know it all and can get away with shortcutting safety.

It's a bummer to read this but a necessary reminder - thank you Sheila.
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http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/283721

Salem man killed changing bus tire in Roanoke

ROANOKE
Salem man killed changing bus tire
A 58-year-old man from Salem was killed Friday while changing the tire of a Coach America tour bus on southbound Interstate 581 in Roanoke, according to Virginia State Police.

The man, whose name hasn't been released, had almost finished changing a flat tire near the Hershberger Road exit about 9:45 p.m. when the jack he was using got stuck, Trooper J.R. Hypes said. The man crawled underneath the bus to get it out, Hypes said.

The jack and another part on the bus broke, causing the bus to come down and crush him, he said.

The tour bus filled with school-aged children was returning to Greensboro, N.C., after a trip to Washington. When the tire went flat, another bus came to pick the children up so they wouldn't have to wait, Hypes said.
There were no passengers on the bus when the incident happened.
The man was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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My MCI used to scare me in that there is zero clearance on the uni-body buses when aired down. I mean, it sat on the grounds practically! The Wanderlodge has much more room to survive in this instance. There still is no excuse for proper jack stands, blocking, something.
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Randy told me once that he knew a fellow that dragged an old bus wheel around with him while under the bus. He figured that it was sturdy enough and high enough to give him breathing space should the coach come down. I hope he used jacks or cribbing as well but doubt it.
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This individual worked for a large heavy vehicle/off the road tire company for many years.

A lot of experience, one mistake cost him his life.
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Sad to see one little misjudgment cost his life.

Which makes you appreciate the hydraulic leveling system which is standard on all BB.
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Sad to see one little misjudgment cost his life.

Which makes you appreciate the hydraulic leveling system which is standard on all BB.

Mallie,
NEVER EVER use the hydraulic leveling system to work under the bus. It has NO safety and can drop on you at anytime. It was not made for working under the bus. I use it as a secondary to maybe give me a couple more seconds to get out if something goes wrong, but use jacks and jack stands designed for the coach weight to actually support the coach.
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