Paris english summary
On Tuesday 14 August 2007 at 9:45 a.m., an accident involving an RATP articulated bus on line PC2, the only vehicle involved, occurred on the boulevard Macdonald in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, in the direction Porte de Pantin - Porte de la Villette. In a left hand bend, the bus carried straight on and climbed the island of the junction with the rue de la Clôture, hit a lamppost and then a tree.
In the impact, the front right hand part of the passenger compartment was totally destroyed.
The accident resulted in 14 injuries in the coach, including the driver ; 6 passengers suffered from disability of 10 days or more. It should be noted that the toll could have been much worse if the front right hand side of the bus had been occupied, fortunately it was not.
The cause of the accident was the drowsiness of the driver, due possibly to "lack of sleep". The influence of an antihistamine cannot be ignored, although it is unlikely.
The BEA-TT made two recommendations : one for the RATP, aimed at organising awareness campaigns on the importance of sleep and vigilance for drivers, at regular intervals and, the other, for the DGITM to examine the setting up a legal obligation for a minimum basis for the recording of data on all public transport vehicles.