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Old 15.03.2012, 16:38
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Re: Belgium bus crashes in Sierre tunnel (Canton Valais), 28 dead including 22 childr

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Driving to work today, I looked on the right-hand side of the road, and if I would veer a few feet, less than 1 meter, I could easily hit any number of inanimate objects: trees, light-poles, buildings, etc. Altho the support wall that the bus hit was a major reason for the massive impact, I wouldn't really point the finger at it and blame the people who designed or built it.
But it's still always worth investigating to see if things can be improved through design.

Avoiding one accident like this would make it all worthwhile.

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I think when tragedies like this happen, people are looking for answers, and to find a way from preventing the tragedy from happening again. I don't know if that really applies in this case. In this case it looks like a "perfect storm" of incidences: the driver suddenly veering, and the wall right there. If the driver would have veered a few feet the other way to the left, it could have hit oncoming traffic.

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Not in this tunnel - the two directions are in separate tunnels.

An example of why a change in design can be a good idea.
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