16 Hurt in Airport Shuttle Crash in Atlanta
Bus hits tractor-trailer making a U-turn
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 24, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
A hotel shuttle bus is readied for towing after the crash in Atlanta.   (Ray Henry)

(Newser) – Sixteen people were taken to the hospital today, at least two in serious condition, after they were hurt in a crash between a hotel shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer near Atlanta's airport, officials said. The morning crash occurred on the road that loops around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, the world's busiest airport. It appears the shuttle struck the side of a tractor-trailer that was attempting a U-turn. "I don't believe any of the passengers were wearing seat belts on the shuttle bus, so they were all thrown," said a police sergeant. Marks on the road indicate the bus skidded about 158 feet before the impact. It wasn't immediately clear whether any traffic laws were violated.

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Libris_Fidelis
May 25, 2013 5:35 AM CDT
"...they were hurt in a crash between a hotel shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer near Atlanta's airport," What were they doing between the vehicles? Serves them right for being in the street! Should have used the sidewalk!
MarkOfTheSkid
May 25, 2013 3:56 AM CDT
I have been in the trucking industry for 10 years. Drivers are taught NEVER to do a U turn on a road for just this reason. The trucking company is USA trucking which pays for drivers to go through trucking school and required to work for them for one year or pay USA back. The pay is pretty lousy too. I'm sure he was a noob driver that was lost in Atlanta, which is easy to do in a big truck. As of now he will most likely be looking for another career due to him receiving at least a reckless driving ticket which will kill his chances to work for another company.
DougMasters
May 24, 2013 10:04 PM CDT
"It wasn't immediately clear whether any traffic laws were violated." Maybe a limitation of my imagination but I am having a hard time imagine a scenario where all the traffic laws were observed and the accident happened. Perhaps a driver had a health issue.