Archive for Tuesday, September 15, 2009

KU on Wheels bus crashes into Kansas Biological Survey building

KU police say driver was not on the bus when it crashed

A KU bus crashed into an ecology lab at Higuchi Hall Tuesday afternoon. Two passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident but were not injured. The bus driver was not on the bus at the time of the accident.

A KU bus crashed into an ecology lab at Higuchi Hall Tuesday afternoon. Two passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident but were not injured. The bus driver was not on the bus at the time of the accident.

September 15, 2009, 2:18 p.m. Updated September 15, 2009, 3:51 p.m.

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Bus collides with campus building

A KU on Wheels bus rolled into a wall of a west campus building Tuesday. Enlarge video

Mike Schmidt, structural engineer with Professional Engineering Consultants, checks the damage to a wall at Higuchi Hall Tuesday afternoon after a KU bus crashed into an ecology lab. Two passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident but were not injured. The bus driver was not on the bus at the time of the accident.

Mike Schmidt, structural engineer with Professional Engineering Consultants, checks the damage to a wall at Higuchi Hall Tuesday afternoon after a KU bus crashed into an ecology lab. Two passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident but were not injured. The bus driver was not on the bus at the time of the accident.

Bus crashes into building on KU campus

A KU on Wheels bus ran into the side of Higuchi Hall, a science building that houses the Kansas Biological Survey, on Tuesday afternoon. Enlarge video

A KU on Wheels bus ran into the side of a science building on Kansas University’s West Campus, causing damage to a wall but no injuries.

The accident occurred shortly before 12:38 p.m. Tuesday, after the bus’ driver had stopped at the Higuchi Hall parking lot near 21st Street and Constant Avenue, said Capt. Schuyler Bailey of the KU Public Safety Office.

“The driver pulled off to park in the parking lot, got off the bus — possibly without setting the brake — and it rolled into the building,” Bailey said.

Two KU students had been on the bus at the time, Bailey said, but neither was injured.

First reports of the crash came via Twitter, where several users were also quick to post pictures of the bus.

Both the building’s exterior wall and the bus were damaged, but financial estimates of the damage are not yet available, Bailey said. The building was not evacuated.

Higuchi Hall, 2101 Constant Ave., is home to the Kansas Biological Survey, including several of its research units: the Central Plains Center for Biological Assessment, the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program, and the Kansas Field Station and Ecological Reserves and the Natural Heritage Inventory.

It’s also home to restrooms frequently used by KU on Wheels drivers, particularly those on the “Park & Ride Express” route that runs between main campus and the Park & Ride lot northwest of Clinton Parkway and Iowa Street.

“That’s why the bus was up in that area,” said Danny Kaiser, assistant director of KU Parking & Transit. “Normally that wouldn’t be on the route.”

Both students who had been on the bus apparently were anxious to catch another bus, so that they could make it to class on time, Kaiser said. As far as he knows, the students made it.

The bus is owned by the city of Lawrence, was purchased in 2006 using federal funds, and is operated by MV Transportation, the contractor that runs KU on Wheels and the city’s Lawrence transit System, also known as the T.

Repairs for the bus, which weighs 33,000 pounds, will be handled by MV Transportation.

“Nobody got hurt,” Kaiser said. “Stuff can be repaired.”

Mike Schmidt, a structural engineer with Professional Engineering Consultants in Lawrence, said that the exterior wall that was damaged was non-load bearing and consequently the building was not in danger of further damage.

The room inside suffered damage to cabinetry, the ceiling and contents to the point that the room is uninhabitable at the time being. He said workers were securing the building until permanent repairs could be made.

A cost of those damage was not immediately available, but Don Steeples, senior vice provost, said that MV Transportation’s insurance carrier would be expected to cover the cost of repairs to the building.

Comments

Andrew Boyd 5 years, 7 months ago

obviously the huge windows on the new busses still are not big enough

Hawk6643 5 years, 7 months ago

Holy Markovnikov! (I knew I would be able to use that someday!)

Shane Garrett 5 years, 7 months ago

maybe the dirver thought it was a magic bus.

KawHawk 5 years, 7 months ago

Took out a $100,000 gas chromatograph/mass spectrometry machine.....

Hope someone's insured !

Phil Minkin 5 years, 7 months ago

Yet another senseless attack on Science in Kansas.

costello 5 years, 7 months ago

"Two KU students had been on the bus at the time, Bailey said, but neither were injured."

should be

"Two KU students were on the bus at the time, Bailey said, but neither was injured."

KawHawk 5 years, 7 months ago

Potty break ! When ya gotta go, ya gotta go............

be_cunning 5 years, 7 months ago

Foodboy definitely is the winner today.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

"gotta go! Gotta go! ... gotta go right now!"
[from recent commercial.]

poor driver, but I bet the incident video on the buscam is pretty darned cool!


I'm so glad the students did get to class on time, but they sure had a great excuse: "Professor Hingeldorfer, I couldn't make it to class because my bus got itself embedded in the Biological Survey building. the chromatograph was all tangled around my foot!"


Both the building’s exterior wall and the bus were damaged, but financial estimates of the damage are not yet available, Bailey said. The building was not evacuated.

"financial estimates are not available" well duh!
I can't believe the article included such a statement, and even repeated it a second time! plus, I didn't see a breaking news posting of this in the breaking news headline zone of the ljworld page ...and a bus busting into the bio survey building is most certainly breaking news!

geekin_topekan 5 years, 7 months ago

Not the first time a driver walked away without setting the parking break at MV. Same lot too. What are the chances?

LogicMan 5 years, 7 months ago

"“The driver pulled off to park in the parking lot, got off the bus"

To smoke, or to text, I wonder ... ?

KawHawk 5 years, 7 months ago

LogicMan: To take a restroom break. It's a revolving door there at Higuchi from all the bus drivers using the restrooms.

persevering_gal 5 years, 7 months ago

Ah, it's the Park and Ride that I use each day! Thank goodness no one was hurt.

igby 5 years, 7 months ago

Where did they find those Yugoslavian Bohonk looking blue boxes on wheels anyway.

daschie88 5 years, 7 months ago

Why can't this kind of stuff happen when I'm on the bus?! LOL

beachbumin 5 years, 7 months ago

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round......

Tom Jones 5 years, 7 months ago

I loved the Youtube of The Wheels on the Bus...Very good

Boosh

notajayhawk 5 years, 7 months ago

Too bad it was a KU on Wheels bus - had it been a Lawrence Transit bus, there would have been no passengers at risk ...

Linda Aikins 5 years, 7 months ago

the wheels on the bus went round and round

(now, have THAT song in your head today - my little gift to you)

woodenfleaeater 5 years, 7 months ago

It seems Maximum Overdrive may be coming to life!

Aisling 5 years, 7 months ago

and the neighbors came out and gathered about hey, who hit who anyway and the police arrived at a quarter till five and pronounced all the victims OK

Ah autie, quoting John Prine--I knew I liked you.

GardenMomma 5 years, 7 months ago

"— possibly without setting the brake — "

Ya think?

trinity 5 years, 7 months ago

foodboy definitely won. umm, the wheels on THAT bus WENT round&round...until they were stopped by a building.

BigPrune 5 years, 7 months ago

This could be an Imodium AD commercial

Boosh 5 years, 7 months ago

Boosh < shaking fist

Dam u gootsie your evil curse worked :(

OwlHead 5 years, 7 months ago

MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE!!!! YESSSSSS. Remember when Emilio Estevez pumped gas till his little hands were blistered, then he got some end of the world booty?!!

Awesome.

woodenfleaeater 5 years, 7 months ago

Or when the soda can hit the coach square in the melon? Or when Emilio went inside the truck with the key between his fingers? That was awesome!!!! So was the booty

mr_right_wing 5 years, 7 months ago

"The bus is owned by the city of Lawrence"

Lawrence owns the KU on Wheels buses? I figured KU/Student Senate owned them...?

flux 5 years, 7 months ago

I hope the guy gets to keep his job....accidents happen. Keep your head up dog!

Bladerunner 5 years, 7 months ago

Bus 305 has always had a mind of its own!

hwarangdo 5 years, 7 months ago

Magical Mystery Tour is coming your way ...

geekin_topekan 5 years, 7 months ago

"Lawrence owns the KU on Wheels buses? I figured KU/Student Senate owned them…?" ++++ The city owns the Park/Ride buses such as the one that rolled into the building. The State of KS owns the KU on Wheels buses.

If you look on the rear window in the picture you will see the decal that claims ownership.

BigPrune 5 years, 7 months ago

Question: Is a KU student incapable of releasing a parking brake?

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