Improperly installed tires may have led to Palm Tran bus crash on I-95


Palm Tran officials believe improperly installed tires may have caused a crash Thursday morning that blocked traffic in both directions of Interstate 95.

The off-duty Palm Tran bus was traveling north on Interstate 95 near Woolbright Road at about 7 a.m. when its left rear tire came off, causing the driver to lose control, FHP spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky.

The bus hit one car and the wall, knocking over the light pole. The tire went over the wall and hit a car on the southbound side. Two people with minor injuries were taken to Bethesda Hospital East in Boynton Beach, Wysocky said.

The bus driver — the only person on the bus at the time of the crash — was released after being treated for his injuries, Joe Harrington, Palm Tran’s public information officer, said Wednesday.

Four tires were installed on the rear of the bus Wednesday as recommended during a routine inspection conducted late last week, Harrington said. Goodyear, the tire vendor for Palm Tran, was planning to send an investigative team to inspect the bus Thursday night.

Harrington said that buses are typically inspected when they leave the Palm Tran facility each day.

The bus was working Palm Tran’s Route 70 between Lake Worth and Delray Beach. Stops include Atlantic High School, Delray Medical Center and Boynton Beach City Hall.

The bus was not yet in service and was heading toward its route when the wreck occurred, Harrington said.

Delays on the highway were at their longest on soutbound I-95. Drivers were experiencing delays up to about 10 miles north toward 10th Avenue North in Lake Worth, according to Florida Department of Transportation traffic cameras.



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