"... something that can happen to any tire, new or retread."

According to data gathered by the Tire Debris Task Force, a group representing truck companies, retreaders, trucking & tire industry associations, new tire manufacturers and government agencies, most of the tire debris on our highways is caused by nail punctures, something that can happen to any tire, new or retread.

Although the public perceives retreads to be responsible for tire debris, the facts lead to quite a different conclusion, according to Peggy Fisher, president of Roadway Tire Company, Columbus, Ohio.

Fisher reported that task force members and their employees recently retrieved 1070 pieces of rubber from heavy and medium truck tires. The rubber debris was collected at nine states across the U.S.

Only 11 - or 1% - of the 1070 pieces analyzed could be attributed to retread failure. "This speaks well for retreads", said Fisher. "We in the tire and trucking industries know how good our product is and we will continue to educate the public to the fact that retreads offer the same safety and performance as new tires, but at a far lower price, and are not the cause of rubber on the road."

Fleet managers have found they can reduce their tire costs by at least 50 percent by retreading their casings at least twice.

Q. Are retreaded tires really as safe as new tires?

A. Yes. Adjustment percentages of retreaded tires are about the same as with new tires. Statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation show that nearly all tires involved in any tire-related accidents are underinflated or bald. Properly maintained tires, whether new or retreaded, do not cause accidents.

Moroccans perish as bus plunges near Marseille

MARSEILLE, March 3 – A bus packed with Moroccan farm workers crashed through the security rails of an overpass today and plunged onto a major highway, killing at least a dozen people.

The Operational Centre for Fires and Rescues said 12 passengers died and 30 others were injured, several of them seriously. Rescue squads struggled for more than four hours to extricate passengers from the mangled wreckage of the accident at a highway interchange north of Marseille.

The bus crashed through security rails of the overpass near the town of Coudoux and plunged 15m onto the A7 highway below. The busy road was littered with debris. Many of the victims' bodies were scattered along the footpath. Witnesses at the scene said the right front tyre of the bus blew out as it climbed the ramp of the overpass.

Out of control, it then veered through the security rails. The widespread wreckage at the interchange of the A7 and A8 highways, between Aix-en-Provence and Salon-de-Provence, temporarily shut down the A7, which is a major north-south axis highway.

More than a dozen ambulances and six mobile medical units rushed to the scene, treating the injured, then ferrying them to hospitals in Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Salon-de-Provence. Three helicopters also helped in the shuttle.

The State-run television station France-2 said the bus was travelling from Casablanca, Morocco, to Italy, via Spain and France. It was not immediately known how many passengers were on board the bus or which company operated it.

(c) Nationwide News Proprietary Ltd, 1997.


DHAKA -- At least 55 people were feared killed as an overcrowded private bus with about 150 passengers plunged into an irrigation canal on the outskirts of Dhaka early Friday, rescuers and witnesses said.

Police said many people were killed as they were trapped inside the bus which sank in deep water. About 40 people on the roof and others hitchhiking on the bumper were among those who survived the accident in Demra, an eastern suburb of the capital city.

A rescue worker said the death toll was expected to rise.

Abul Hasan, a survivor, said the accident on the Dhaka-Demra highway took place in thick fog. Passengers on the bus were mostly vegetable traders taking the early morning transport to Dhaka’s central market.

The driver lost control after a tyre burst, police said, adding that the bus was carrying more than double its capacity.Witnesses said fire service driver recovered at least 21 bodies while 34 others remained untraced.

February 2, 1995
©Deutsche Presse-Agentur

9 dead in Mexico bus plunge
MEXICO CITY, Dec 27 (Reuter) - Nine people were killed and at least 17 seriously injured when a Mexican minibus crashed to the bottom of a 1,300-foot (400 metre)-deep ravine in the southern state of Oaxaca, reports said on Friday.

The crash occurred early Friday near the village of Santiago Atitlan in the wild mountains of the Sierra de los Mixes about 240 miles (380 km) southeast of Mexico City, TV network Televisa said.

The driver, who survived the plunge, said he lost control of the vehicle. "It was a mechanical fault," Hector Jimenez Matadamas told Televisa from his hospital bed. "The steering wheel did not respond and when I was going around a sharp curve a front tire blew and I just could not control it."

The bus belonged to a local service called Fletes y Pasajes, Televisa said.

(c) Reuters Limited 1996

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