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Bus Crash Stories

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Profiteers have crowded bus crash scenes since the advent of diesel. A bus goes up in flames, a spangle of children turn to dust, and the hawks descend, ready to peddle their urns, flowers, and corpse…

Bus Crash Stories

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Bus crashes, in some cultures, are sacred rituals of unintended sacrifice. “Is it a sacrifice to God if the driver didn’t mean it, and the passenger didn’t know it, and us spectators only seen it by…

Bus Crash Stories

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The occasion of a bus throwing itself off a cliff and into a pile of sharp rocks is, in modern society, one of the few causes for reflection that we retain. TV has lost its ability…

Bus Crash Stories

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As bus crashes have risen in popularity, eclipsing in some regions even the popularity of football and wrestling, so too have the cottage industries that surround them. In Tulsa, Crash Spectator Specialists sell such accessories as…

Bus Crash Stories

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And so one bus crash begets another. Or so it would seem after last week’s two-for-one outside Lima, Peru. “Well at first I was thinkin’ we’d just get on normal,” local crash spectator Lio Ma said.…

Bus Crash Stories

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Norwalk has been a city known for its bus crashes for the better part of its history. “At first, we didn’t have buses. Just horses. But if I know Norwalk, I’d wager the horses crashed too,”…

Bus Crash Stories

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In an unexpected twist in the bus-specific speed limit debate that’s been raging for the last few years in Tulsa, a bus carrying over sixty passengers—most of them senior citizens and domestic workers—crashed at only fifteen…

Bus Crash Stories

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Some say that in the future buses will become obsolete. “When that time comes,” local life advocate Ma A said, “we’ll spare ourselves some carnage.” Indeed it would. In yesterday’s bus crash into the San Gabriel…

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Bus Crash Story 13

While the debate raged in local taverns, the courts were hard at work until they finally ruled that the now infamous “Boise Plunge” was indeed a bus crash. “The strange thing about the plunge,” tavern owner…

Bus Crash Stories

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After the latest bus crash to occur within fifty miles of Lima, Peru, the world’s top bus crash hot spot, international advocacy groups finally mobilized. “We’d been reluctant to intervene in Lima’s bus crash spate, but…

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Some say that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. So it surprised no one when, after area residents saw smoke billowing off Route 567, there beneath the gray-churning pillar lay a burning bus. “I saw the gray,…

Bus Crash Stories

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Under the opened veil of a clear blue sky (it’d been raining for a while, but it had stopped, so the sky seemed far clearer than normal, making the veil reference work, given the instance of…

Bus Crash Stories

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In a world in which buses crash more often than they reach their destinations, it can be hard for a bus crash to get the attention that it deserves. “I believe that all bus crashes deserve…

Bus Crash Stories

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The wheels came off a San Jose-bound bus yesterday, leading to what local authorities termed a “bus event.” Authorities settled on “bus event” after debating the differences between “skid,” “collision,” and “crash,” with the debate coming…

Bus Crash Stories

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A bus crashed yesterday, killing forty passengers, thirteen drivers and passengers of other vehicles, eighty-five pedestrians, two cyclists, one picketer, four road crew workers, one orange salesman, one hot dog salesman, twelve soccer players, one cellist,…

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In Costa Rica, a bus abruptly swerved into oncoming traffic. Witnesses, who had serendipitously gathered on top of a nearby bluff, as if in anticipation of exactly such an event, speculated that the driver had decided…