Katastroof Katastroof

Katastroof info & bio

Katastroof videos The Pala accident (Estonian: Pala õnnetus) was a fatal traffic incident involving a school bus on 11 October 1996 in Jõgeva County, Estonia. The bus was carrying 35 students of the Pala Comprehensive School and 2 adults; 8 people died.

The PAZ school bus met a Scania wood truck at the 3rd kilometre of Sõõru–Nõva road, a narrow unpaved road. Having noticed each other, the drivers chose different strategies: the school bus driver, driving at a low speed, kept to the right side of the road in order to give the truck more space to pass; the truck, driving at about 70–80 km/h, began the manoeuvre by braking heavily. On the unpaved road, braking led to cross-road oscillation of the truck, leading the truck driver to worry about a risk of falling off the road. The truck driver compensated by temporarily unbraking and turning sharply left—towards the axis of the road—at an unfortunate time, leading the truck to drive into the school bus at an angle of about 30 degrees. In the collision, the truck "skinned" off the school bus' left side, killing 8 students born in 1982–1986.

Emergency response was delayed due to the accident site not being covered by GSM towers at that time as well as the lower-frequency emergency response dispatch radio transmitter being relatively far from the site, leading to several ambulances passing the accident site before finding it. However, considering the nature of the deaths and injuries, medical experts believe the delays did not increase their number.

Katastroof info & bio are courtesy of Wikipedia
Katastroof videos are courtesy of YouTube