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NTSB bus probe to take months

(Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Six investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will probe the crash of a tour bus that tumbled down an embankment off the Interstate 270 Spur Wednesday.

Investigators began looking into the crash Wednesday night, but were expected to begin their examination "in earnest" at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, said Robert L. Sumwalt, a board member of NTSB.

Sumwalt estimated the probe will take 12 to 18 months.

Among the areas that will be examined: Highway design, the guard rail that the bus crashed through, signage, pavement markings, the bus driver's medical history, his recent work schedule, and the bus company itself.

"We want to look at the overall safety record," Sumwalt said.

The bus was towed to an off-site location where it can be further examined.

-- Dan Morse

By Michael Bolden  | October 1, 2010; 8:21 AM ET
Categories:  NTSB  
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If this crash didn't occur in the DC area would the Feds be involved? My guess is no. Let's chalk it up to an accident and move on.

Posted by: yell53 | October 1, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

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