Over the weekend, a Port Authority Bus Driver lost control of the bus she was driving. She turned the bus but for some unknown reason was unable to straighten the wheels.

 

 

The Howitzer is actually not the original WWI cannon.

The present-day Cannon is actually the second rendition of the monument. The granite memorial itself is also a replacement. The original cannon was a surplus World War I American field artillery piece. It’s official designation was 4.7 inch Gun M1906

The original howitzer, dedicated in 1934, stood for eight years, until another global conflict called it back into service. This time, the cannon was not headed for the front lines in Europe. It was, instead, heading to Jones and Laughlin Steel. The World War I artillery piece was donated by the American Legion to the J&L Mill in Hazelwood to be melted down during a scrap metal drive for World War II.

After World War II, an Army surplus howitzer was obtained as a replacement for the original cannon. The current model 1917 Schneider 155mm Howitzer was installed and the park re-dedicated in 1946.

The bus crashed through the monument and took the howitzer with it.



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  • A.WChuck

    I can think of no reason why the steering AND the brakes would fail at the same time. Must have been Russian interference.

    • Mark Choi

      Being that no one made any claim that both the steering and the brakes failed (nor would that be necessary to cause this crash)….

      • A.WChuck

        I thought it would be clear after watching the video that she had ample time to apply the brakes thus avoiding the collision altogether. I was implying that something other than a steering failure was at fault, the Russian comment was meant in jest. There needs to be a colorful and distinctive sarcasm font for Disqus comments.

        • Mark Choi

          The video made no such thing clear.
          And I made no reference to the Russian comment.

          • A.WChuck

            You enjoy arguing, I do not. Please have a long and wonderful life without me in it.

    • Jim_Macklin

      The nut behind the wheel may have had left-hand threads!
      MMABG, Motor Men Against Big Guns?

  • ePoch 270

    Democrats have already blamed the gun for the crash and are looking to ban any future guns to prevent another collision.

    • Mark Choi

      I bet you think you’re amusing.

      • andrey kireev

        he is

        • Mark Choi

          Nope.
          Oh, look, I can declare things on the internet too.

          • andrey kireev

            GG. You diddered it ! here’s a star !

          • Mark Choi

            Um, what?

      • ePoch 270

        I am amusing. You may not agre e, but fortunately for both of us I couldn’t give less of a F about your opinion.

        • Mark Choi

          And yet here you are replying to it. Full of it much?

    • Longhaired Redneck

      A clear case of monument violence. Something must be done! We need more monument safety laws. If the laws save the life of just one child, it’s worth it.

      • Jeff Heeszel

        That IS funny.

  • Some Rabbit

    Thank god the cannon didn’t suffer serious injury. As for the bus and passengers, pfft!

  • TyrannyOfEvilMen

    Mechanical failure or crystal meth?

    We report… You decide! 😉

    • codfilet

      Probably checking her phone at the time…

  • Bill

    I know its a DEWAT, but this sort of implies that you could back a truck up to it and tow it away.

  • 22winmag

    Firearms not Public Transportation

  • Sand

    from the stories an ex used to tell me about the Port Authority, a howitzer might not be a bad thing to have along for a bus ride…

  • datimes

    A tutorial on how not to tow an artillery piece.

    • Michael Rice

      Step 1) Roll down one of the side rear windows.
      Number B) Have Crew bring cannon up to vehicle.
      Instruction iii) Have Crew hold stabilizing brace/tow strut of field gun through window.

  • Landru

    Perhaps she should be regulated to driving a short bus for a year or three.

    • Mark Choi

      Perhaps you should check your facts beef opening your mouth and looking like an idiot. Witness reports indicate mechanical failure.

      • El Duderino

        You had me at “beef opening” bro.

      • Landru

        Perhaps you should learn what humor is.

        • Mark Choi

          Yeah, humor based on your total lack of understanding the issue, and disparaging handicapped kids. Great comedian.

          • Landru

            Look whos back the person that does not grasp humor.
            I am done with you.
            Your nothing more than a kid that needs to grow up.
            Bye now.

          • Mark Choi

            Look who’s back, the person who is not particularly funny.
            And can’t write competent English sentences.
            You’re an idiot.

          • Landru

            Run along now kid.

      • Jim_Macklin

        Mechanical failures result from inadequate or improper maintenance. Union city mechanics not supplied with proper tools or parts?

        • Mark Choi

          First of all, mechanical failures do NOT necessarily result from inadequate or improper maintenance. Second, the operator is NOT responsible for maintenance, so even if that were the case, it is irrelevant.

          • Jim_Macklin

            The driver is not the Operator. The city is the Operator that controls the operation, buys the parts, schedules the maintenance and assigns mechanics, parts costs and finally drivers.
            When a mechanic discovers a worn tie rod end and can’t change it because the parts are not available the Operator [city] can say park it until the new part arrives or they can say send it out on the run.

          • Mark Choi

            Nice semantic argument. But wrong. The “operator” of a vehicle is the one operating is. a/k/a/ the driver.
            You simply have no idea what you’re talking about.

          • Jim_Macklin

            American Airlines is the operator of the airline, the pilot is the driver. The city operates the bus, the driver is the pilot.
            I’m just applying FedGov FAA rules to te bus.

          • Mark Choi

            Wrong. American Airlines is the operator of the airlines. The pilot is the operator of the aircraft, just as PAT is the operator of the bus company, but the driver is the operator of the vehicle. By both legal and colloquial definitions.
            It is not that difficult.
            And the city is NEITHER! The city does NOT own or control Port Authority.
            You simply don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • Phillip Cooper

        Are the witnesses mechanics?

        No?

        Were they on the bus and carefully observing her operating the bus?

        No?

        Useless info, then. Witness reports are often complete bunk.

        • Mark Choi

          And? Are you positing that the original posted, who was neither a witness Nor mechanic, nor possessing ANY information about the issue, is in a superior position to comment?!?
          Furthermore, one does not need to be a mechanic to diagnose mechanical failure over operator fault.
          And yes, some of the witnesses were on ethernet bus, which you’d have known had you bothered to check before posting.

          • Phillip Cooper

            What does an ethernet bus have to do with this? Are you qualified to discuss it, or the higher levels of the OSI model?

          • Mark Choi

            Actually, yes, I am. Do you have a point?

          • Mark Choi

            Well, do you?

  • Jeff Heeszel

    He the gun not stopped the bus, she probably would have kept plowing through a few buildings.

    • Jim_Macklin

      A school playground killing at least 100 rug-rats. A gun saved lives.

  • Mystick

    She must have thought that the cannon was used by the Confederacy.

  • John Eliyas

    gang bangers taking drive by shooting to a whole new level.

  • bcelliott

    Bus-ted. How-itz-er fault, you ask? She didn’t brake, she gunned it. Monumental failure.

  • Daniel Hancock

    Russia!

  • DetroitMan

    Well, that beats my every day carry.

  • PAltares

    That’s right up the street from me. Funny that its on here. Pretty sure its in the process of being repaired. I think the axle and one of the wheels coming off was the main damage to it.

  • Phauxtoe

    Violence in Pittsburgh has climbed to Monumental Proportions!

    • Mark Choi

      No, it hasn’t. Violent crime is actually at an almost historic low, and has been steadily falling year over year for almost two decades.
      But nice job just making up facts out of thin air just to suit your argument.

      • Phauxtoe

        Dude get a sense of Humor!
        the big Gun was from a “Monument!” Get IT?

        • Mark Choi

          Yeah, I got it. It wasn’t funny.
          The play on words MIGHT have been amusing to a second grader, who gets amused by the jokes hidden on Popsicle sticks, and it might have been salvageable if it were based on actual facts.
          But as it is, it had no redeeming qualities unless you count being predictable and wrong.

          • Phauxtoe

            you are an IDIOT!

          • Mark Choi

            Says the one with the humour of a second grader.

  • A.WChuck

    The block feature is nice.

    • Mark Choi

      So is know what you’re talking about instead of talking out of your ass to sound like you do.