Boston Tour Bus Line Shut Down For Safety Violations

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Posted on 6th June 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The U.S. Department of Transportation Thursday shut down a Boston-based tour bus company for a long laundry list of safety violations, not the least of which was operating a coach that had a 4-by-2-foot hole in its floor.

DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a press release saying it had ordered Lucky River Transportation Corp., which does business as Lucky Star, to immediately cease all operations, declaring that its vehicles and drivers pose an imminent hazard to public safety. The company transports passengers from Boston to New York City.

http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/boston-based-bus-company-lucky-star-declared-imminent-hazard-public-ordered-usdot

“There is no higher priority than safety,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “Bus and truck companies must comply with federal safety regulations, which protect every traveler on our highways and roads.  Companies that disregard the safety rules will not be allowed to operate.”

The move is part of FMCSA’s so-called “Operation Quick Strike,” an intensified investigation of high-risk passenger carriers that began last April.  Federal investigators found that Lucky Star’s fleet of 21 motor coaches did not meet minimum safety standards because the company failed to systematically and properly inspect, repair or maintain the vehicles.

The probe also found that the owners of Lucky Star failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with controlled substances and alcohol use and testing regulations: Drivers were employed before receiving negative pre-employment drug and alcohol test results as required by federal law.

In addition, drivers were not required by the company to turn in hours-of-service records or other required documentation such as driving itineraries and fuel receipts.

“Federal and state commercial vehicle inspectors and safety investigators, including the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, are focused every day on protecting the traveling public,” FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said in a statement. “We cannot allow unsafe bus and truck companies and commercial drivers on our highways and roads to endanger innocent lives.”

This action represents the 13th cease-operations order issued by FMCSA since the April 1 deployment of more than 50 specially trained “Operation Quick Strike” safety investigators targeting high-risk passenger carriers. In the past seven weeks, FMCSA investigators have issued out-of-service orders to bus companies in the District of Columbia, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina and Utah.

Since the beginning of 2013, FMCSA has issued out-of-service orders to a total of 20 bus companies and eight trucking companies. The agency has also declared six commercial driver’s license holders as imminent hazards, blocking them from operating in interstate commerce.

The imminent hazard out-of-service order for Lucky Star lists so many egregious violations, it’s almost comical. Besides the hole in the floor and other safety issues, the company’s buses were constantly breaking down. Last December, three of its buses broke down on the same day, while two broke done on a single day in February.

As a result, passengers were forced to disembark on the side of the highway, where they risked being struck by traffic.

www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2013/LuckyStar.pdf

 

 

Shuttle Bus Hits Tractor-Trailer Near Atlanta Airport

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Posted on 25th May 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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At least 16 people were hurt Friday when an airport shuttle bus crashed into a tractor-trailer not far from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, according to NBC News.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/24/18470424-shuttle-bus-tractor-trailer-crash-near-atlanta-airport-at-least-16-injured?lite

The shuttle bus transports travelers from several hotels north of the airport, and was on its way to Hartsfield when the accident happened.

There were 18 people on the bus when it hit the tractor-trailer, and 16 of them, including a child, were hospitalized, NBC News reported.

Six of the passengers were sent to Atlanta Medical Center, and they were in fair condition.

Another 10 passengers were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, according to NBC News, with two in serious condition and right sustained minor injuries.

Kentucky School Bus Overturns

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Posted on 10th May 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

A school bus overturned in western Kentucky Friday, with several members of a high school softball team being injury, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/school-bus-carrying-high-school-softball-team-overturns-in-western-ky-students-hurt/2013/05/10/81e0f16e-b9e5-11e2-b568-6917f6ac6d9d_story.html

The accident happened in Smithland, Ky., shortly before 5 p.m. Central Times on U.S. 60. The bus, on its way to a night-time game, was carrying the Union County High School girl’s softball team, AP reported.

The bus somehow drove off the right shoulder of the highway, veered into the other side of the road, and then rotated and rolled on its side, according to AP. Authorities said that 25 people were transported to local hospitals with non-serious injuries.

One person was airlifted for treatment, but didn’t have life-threatening injuries, AP said.

 

Nine Hurt Following N.J. Bus Accident

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Posted on 6th May 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Nine people were injured, including seven disabled adults, Monday when when a school bus collided with a car in Franklin, N.J., according to MyCentralJersey.com.

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20130506/NJNEWS/305060043/Nine-people-hospitalized-following-Franklin-bus-accident

The bus, which was carrying the disabled, was making a left turn out of the driveway of the Dungarvin School on Route 27 when it was hit by a Toyota Prius, MyCentralJersey reported.

Police gave the bus driver, 21-year-old Terrae Colter, a ticket for running a stop sign or failing to yield to a stop sign.

Seven of the disabled bus passengers, the bus driver and the Prius driver were all hospitalized.

 

Second Lawsuit Filed Over Fatal Texas Charter Bus Crash

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Posted on 19th April 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A second passenger who was injured in a Texas bus crash that killed two people has filed suit against the bus operator, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The latest lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Patricia Markham in Tarrant County civil court, and it alleges that Cardinal Coach Line Inc. and its bus driver were negligent, the newspaper reported.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04/18/4786981/charter-bus-company-hit-with-a.html

Markham just got out of a Dallas hospital where she was sent after last week’s accident, when a bus headed for a casino in Oklahoma veered across a highway in Irving, Texas, hit a concrete barriers and turned over on it side. Two passengers were killed.

On Monday passenger Charlotte Reed filed a negligence suit stemming from the accident, the Star-Telegram reported. She had three broken ribs from the crash.

Markham’s lawsuit charges that bus driver Loyd Rieve didn’t control his speed, didn’t brake and didn’t inspect the bus before driving it, according to the Star-Telegram.

The suit also claims that Cardinal Coach didn’t inspect the bus and that it hired unfit employees, as well as not installing “proper parts,” tires included, on the vehicle, the newspaper reported.

 

Yosemite Tour Bus Crashes, 16 Injured

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Posted on 14th April 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A tour bus on its way from Yosemite National Park in California crashed on a winding mountain road Saturday night, injuring 16 people, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130414/us-yosemite-bus-crash/?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=politics

The bus, which was going an an unsafe speed, went off Highway 41 not far from the south entrance to the park when the driver lost control of the vehicle, AP reported.

The accident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. The bus stopped when it hit a tree, and a number of passengers were thrown to the driver’s side. If the tree hadn’t stopped the bus, it would have fallen into a ravine, according to AP.

The passengers on the bus were described as in good part being elderly and Chinese from the San Francisco Bay area.

The bus driver was identified by authorities as Changefeng Liu, 49, of Fremont, Calif. He was not injured.

The tour bus was operated by Seven Happiness Tour &  Charter of Burlingame, Calif., which arranges tours for the Chinese-American community.

Texas Charter Bus Crash Kills 2, Injures 41

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Posted on 11th April 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Two people were killed and 41 others were injured when a charter bus crashed Thursday morning in Irving, Texas, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04/11/4767237/charter-bus-rolls-over-in-irving.html

The bus was traveling on Texas 161 at Belt Line Road when it suddenly veered right and struck a rubber barrier, the newspaper reported. It then moved to the left, going across two lanes and then hitting a concrete barrier, falling on its side. According to the Star-Telegram, one passenger said the bus may have had a tire blowout, causing the crash.

The two fatalities were passengers Paula Hahn, 69, of Fort Worth and Sue Taylor, 81, of Hurst, the newspaper said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Other passengers were taken to local hospitals, with four in critical condition.

The bus was on its way to the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., and its passengers were mostly senior citizens, according to the Star-Telegram.

The bus was operated by Cardinal Coach Lines of Grand Prairie.

The National Safety Transportation Board is investigating the accident.

 

 

 

Driver Dead, 9 Students Hurt In N.M. School Bus Crash

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Posted on 8th April 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The driver was killed and at least nine children were hurt Monday morning when a school bus in New Mexico rolled over and crashed, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/national/New_Mexico_school_bus_rolls_over_driver_dead_kids_hurt.html

Authorities investigating the crash in Vallecitos in northern New Mexico where trying to determine what caused the accident, and whether the bus driver was killed by the crash or another reason, such as him suffering a heart attack, AP reported. The man was 69.

The Mesa Vista School District bus was driving on State Road 111 in Carson National Forest when it went off the road, fell off a cliff and crashed into an embankment, according to AP.

Six injured students were transported to a hospital, while three others were treated at the scene.

The passengers on the bus included elementary, middle and high school students, AP said.

Illinois Has Two Separate School Bus Accidents

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Posted on 6th April 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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There were two separate school bus crashes in Illinois, with one of them resulting in a fatality.

In Wadsworth in northern Illinois, one person was killed and several dozen children were sent to hospitals Friday following a crash involving a school bus and two other vehicles, according to The Boston Globe.

http://bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2013/04/05/dead-kids-illinois-school-bus-crash/86447QtgbjzcOvUmhy3bFN/story.html

There were 35 people on the bus during the morning crash, where it is suspected that the bus driver ran a red light. The school bus hit a Jeep Wrangler, and then struck a Jeep Cherokee, and then turned over on its side, according to The Globe.

The hood of the Wrangler was flattened over the vehicle’s front seats. Authorities said there was a male fatality at the scene, but declined to make any additional comments.

One of the elementary school children who was a passenger on the bus suffered a skull fracture, The Globe reported. Others had broken bones.

In all, 24 children were taken to local hospitals and 13 were released by the middle of the day, according to The Globe.

In the other accident, a Chicago Fire Department ambulance out on a call collided with a school bus in the Hanson Park neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune. Two paramedics were injured.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-ambulance-and-school-bus-crash-injures-2-paramedics-in-hanson-park-20130406,0,3368956.story

The accident took place at the intersection of Grand and Central avenues as the ambulance responded to a call. The only person on the bus was the driver, who was uninjured.

The paramedics from the ambulance were sent to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Resurrection Hospital, andhad non-life threatening injuries, the Tribune reported.

 

Pa. Bus Crash Kills Pregnant Coach, Driver

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Posted on 16th March 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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There has been a second fatal crash of a bus carrying a college lacrosse team, with the  latest one killing a pregnant coach, her unborn infant and the bus driver, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/16/seton-hill-bus-crash_n_2891932.html?ncid=webmail1

On Saturday about 9 a.m. a bus carrying the Seton Hill University lacrosse team went off the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Carlisle, Pa., and crashed into a tree, AP reported.

Coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, Pa., was transported by air to a hospital, where she died. She had been six months pregnant and her unborn baby also died, according to AP. The bus driver, 61-year-old Anthony Guaetta of Johnstown was dead at the scene.

There had been 23 passengers aboard the bus, which was en route to play a game at Millersville University. That lacrosse game, and one scheduled for Sunday, were both cancelled.

Authorities didn’t know the cause of the accident, which sheared off the left side of the bus, AP reported. The bus was operated by Mlaker Charter & Tours of Davidsville, Pa.

A bus carrying a lacrosse team from a Vermont college and a sports car collided Tuesday in Upstate New York, leaving a passenger in the car dead.

 

Lacrosse Team Bus Crashes In Upstate N.Y.

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Posted on 12th March 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A Porsche skidded across a wet highway in Upstate New York Tuesday, hitting a bus that was carrying a college lacrosse team and flipping it on its side, according to USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/12/players-survive-bus-crash/1983547/

A passenger in the Porsche was killed but all 38 people on the bus — 34 lacrosse players, a trainer, two coaches and the driver — survived. Four players suffered minor injuries, USA Today reported. The victim in the Porsche was a 64-year-old woman, and the driver, a 65-year-old man, was in the hospital with critical injuries.

The lacrosse team from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., was en route to a match in Westchester County, N.Y. The team’s bus was on Interstate 87 in Clifton Park, N.Y., and it was raining, USA Today reported.

According to witnesses, the Porsche passed the bus but the driver lost control, and the car wound up right in the bus’s path, according to USA Today. The bus fell on its side and ended up in a ditch.

There was also a third vehicle involved in the accident.

Brooklyn Man Killed After Crashing Into MTA Bus

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Posted on 11th March 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A man died Monday when he crashed into the back of an MTA bus and then rolled into a gas station at the corner of Jamaica and Euclid avenues in Brooklyn, the New York Daily News reported.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-man-killed-ramming-car-back-stopped-bus-article-1.1285112

Luis Angel Duran, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene, where he was trapped in his badly crushed Honda Accord, according to the News.

The city bus was stopped at an intersection when Duran crashed into its rear around 4:30 a.m., and authorities didn’t know what happened and why he hit the bus, the News reported. The front of Duran’s car was totally destroyed.

 

 

 

Feds Shut Down Second Discount Bus Line

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Posted on 9th March 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Continuing their crackdown, federal officials have shut down a second discount Chinatown bus company for alleged safety violations. And U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) didn’t mince any words about it.

In a press release Friday, DOT said it had ordered Ming An Inc. of New York City closed down because it was “an imminent hazard to public safety.”

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/news/news-releases/2013/New-York-City-Bus-Company-shutdown.aspx

A week before, in a similar move, DOT closed another low-cost interstate bus carrier, Boston-based Fung Wah Bus Transportation.

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/news/news-releases/2013/FMCSA-Shuts-Down-Fung-Wah.aspx

In terms of Ming An, in a statement U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, “We are committed to removing unsafe bus and truck companies from our highways and roads. We will not let up and we will not slow down. Companies that ignore our safety regulations will not be tolerated.”

DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) investigated Ming An’s operations and vehicles and “concluded that the carrier operated in blatant disregard for federal safety regulations,” the DOT press release said.

“Investigators found that Ming An failed to conduct pre-employment drug and alcohol testing and allowed unqualified drivers to operate its vehicles in an unsafe manner with its drivers receiving numerous citations for speeding in excess of 15 miles per hour over posted speed limits,” the release said.

And that’s not all.

FMCSA also said that Ming An didn’t require it drivers to maintain log books or conduct vehicle safety inspections, as required by federal regulations. Investigators also found that the company lacked a systematic vehicle inspection, repair and maintenance program.

As well, inspections of Ming An’s buses and vans found that many had been modified with after-market seats in violation of federal safety requirements.

The FMCSA order shutting Ming An also said that the violations and conditions of operations substantially increase the likelihood of serious injury or death to Ming An’s drivers, passengers and the motoring public.

“This is a company that operates unsafely,” FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said in a statement. “It frequently uses part-time, unqualified drivers, and often ignores basic safety maintenance and operating standards.”

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2013/Ming-An-IH.pdf.

 

Discount Bus Company Shut Down By Federal Officials

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After a year that was filled with fatal accidents involving discount buses, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Friday shut down Boston-based Fung Wah Bus Transportation, which runs discount buses from Boston to New York.

http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/fmcsa-shuts-down-fung-wah-bus-transportation

The action was taken by DOT’s  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) using new authorities given to it under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), transportation officials said in a press release .

“Bus companies that jeopardize public safety and refuse to cooperate with our investigators have no place on the road, and now, thanks to our additional authority, we can take them off,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.  “Safety is our highest priority, and we will continue to do all we can to ensure that unsafe bus companies are not on our roads.”

Earlier Friday, Fung Wah stopped cooperating with FMCSA safety investigators and blocked further access to company safety records.

Under provisions contained in MAP-21, signed into law by President Obama last July, FMCSA may revoke the operating authority registration of a motor carrier that fails to comply with an administrative subpoena or a letter demanding release of company safety records.  This is the first case of FMCSA exercising this new provision to revoke a motor carrier’s federal operating authority.

“We will not hesitate to immediately shut down a bus or truck company that ignores safety regulations and puts innocent lives at risk,” FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said in a statement.  “We will employ every tool we have to take unsafe commercial drivers, vehicles and entire companies off the road anywhere in the county at any time.”

On Tuesday, FMCSA ordered Fung Wah to immediately provide its entire fleet of 28 motor coaches for thorough and detailed safety inspections by qualified inspectors, DOT said in its press release.  FMCSA’s safety investigators had continued their examination of Fung Wah’s operations through the rest of the week in order to consider further action against the company as a whole in addition to ordering its buses out of service.

Fung Wah has a history safety violations and fines, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/03/01/feds-revoke-license-for-fung-wah-bus-service/UP9Tes7YEbwhLlGaVxvamL/story.html

The bus company posted a message about DOT’s actions on its website.

http://www.fungwahbus.com/default.html

“Fung Wah Bus is suspending all buses service to compliances a requested by US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for inspections and repair services,” the post said.

“Fung Wah bus will resume buses service soon after an inspection and repair service is complete by inspectors. Please call us at 212-925-8889 or email us at eticket@fungwahbus.com if you have any questions. All e-ticket will be refund.”



N.J. School Bus Crash Hospitalizes Students, Driver

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Posted on 18th February 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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New Jersey is overrun by deer, and the lovely creatures can pose dangers.

On Monday seven students and a bus driver were hospitalized following a crash at 3 p.m. in rural Hamilton, N.J., involving a deer, according to The Times of Trenton.

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2013/02/school_bus_crash_in_hamilton_s.html

A school bus carrying 14 students from St. Gregory the Great Academy went into a ditch when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a deer, the newspaper reported.

The driver and seven students, from the 4th grade to the 8th grade, were taken to Robert Wood University Hospital Hamilton. Monday night, they were in good condition at the hospital, according to The Times.

The children had school on President’s Day, a holiday, to make up for days they were out because of superstorm Sandy last fall, the newspaper reported.

 

N.J. Bus Driver Indicted For Vehicular Homicide

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Posted on 17th February 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Last week a NJ Transit bus driver was indicted on a charge of vehicular homicide after striking and killing a man in a crosswalk in Passaic, N.J., according to The Record.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime_courts/Bus_driver_in_fatal_accident_in_Passaic_charged_with_vehicular_homicide.html

Catherine Collier, a 65-year-old Passaic bus driver, allegedly ran a red light last September, hitting Joseph Currier, 49, of Passaic, The Record reported. According to a passenger, Collier had sped up as the traffic light turned from yellow to red.

Currier’s face hit the bus’s windshield, The Record said, and Collier drove for about 50 yards after hitting him. Passengers and a man outside the bus called out for her to stop.

Collier is free on $50,000 bail, ever since she was arrested in October. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to The Record.

 

Students Injured When Bus Get Stuck Under Boston Overpass

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A charter bus with Pennsylvania high school students got stuck under a bridge in Boston Saturday night, injuring and trapping some of its passengers, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/bus-crash-in-boston-injures-30.html?ref=us&_r=1&

The Pennsylvania bus had 42 students and chaperones on board when it hit an overpass on Soldiers Field Road on its way back to Philadelphia after visiting Harvard.

Massachusetts State Police said they were investigating the accident, and that there was a sign on the road saying that buses were prohibited from traveling on it, AP reported. Charges could be brought against the bus driver.

The police reported that more than 30 passengers were hurt, with three in serious condition, AP said.

Soldiers Field Road goes along the Charles River and goes by Harvard.

Brooklyn Woman Crushed And Killed By Charter Bus

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Posted on 28th January 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A woman was mowed down by a private bus for the disabled in Brooklyn last Friday as her horrified husband looked on, according to the New York Post and New York Daily News.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/oh_my_god_help_bWTf5uwowr17cCw0O3FyYK

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/woman-dead-bus-crash-article-1.1247553

Lorraine Ferguson, 47, was hit by, and her head crushed, during the accident at the intersection of East 105th Street and Avenue K in Canarsie, according to the Daily News. Lorraine’s husband Michael Ferguson had driven her to a city bus stop so she wouldn’t have to wait outside in the bitter cold for it.

When she saw her B103 Express bus to Midtown Manhattan coming, Lorraine started crossing the street to get on-board, the News and Post reported. But at that time, a small charter bus was making a turn and hit her, and she wound up crushed and dead beneath that bus.

Her husband claims that the charter bus ran a stop sign and hit his wife, the News reported. Ferguson was so diatraught that he broke down and collapsed at the scene.

The charter bus had two handicapped children as passengers, and neither one was hurt in the accident.

 

 

Bus Driver Gets 6 Years In Prison For Crash That Killed 4

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Posted on 25th January 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A tour bus driver was sentenced to six years in prison last week for involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of four passengers in an accident on Interstate 95 in Virginia, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130123/us-bus-accident-virginia/?utm_hp_ref=green&ir=green

In Bowling Green, Va., Kin Yiu Cheung received the jail term for his November conviction stemming from the May 31, 2011, crash. Cheung was driving a low-fare Sky Express bus from Greensboro, N.C., to New York when it went off the road, struck an embankment and turned over not far from Richmond, AP reported.

It appeared that Cheung was tired and fell asleep while driving, according to testimony at the trial. Surviving passengers said that they feared for their lives because Cheung was veering from side to side and changing speed suddenly shortly before the accident, according to AP.

Cheung was drinking coffee and energy drinks, but still nodded off, leading to crash.

Tour Bus Operator Shut Down After Fatal Oregon Accident

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Authorities in the United States and Canada have barred a tour bus company from operating following an accident on an icy road in Oregon that left nine people dead and almost 40 others hurt, according to The Wall Street Journal.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324442304578236132870734890.html

Officials are blaming the Dec. 30 crash, where a bus went through a guardrail and fell down an embankment, on driver fatigue, a factor that’s been cited in several bus crashes in the past year, The Journal reported.

Last week both the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation issued orders that effectively shut down Mi Joo Tour and Travel of Canada. According to The Journal, American officials charged that Mi Joo posed a safety hazard because it allowed its drivers to work more than the 70-hours-a-week maximum set by federal law.

When the Mi Joo bus crashed on Interstate 84 in Pendleton, Ore., its driver had been driving for 92 hours that week, U.S. officials claimed.

A lawyer for Mi Joo told The Journal that black ice was the blame for the multi-fatality accident in Oregon.

 

School Bus, Commuter Bus Crash In New Jersey

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A commuter bus struck a mini school bus in the rear in central New Jersey Wednesday morning, seriously injuring several passengers, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/01/old_bridge_bus_crash_injures_1.html

The accident happened at about 8 a.m. in Old Bridge on Route 9 and involved a 55-seat Academy bus bound for Manhattan and a 24-seat local school bus, The Ledger reported. When the large bus hit the minibus, the small vehicle turned over and hit a power supply station.  The Academy bus then continued moving until it hit a tree, according to The Ledger.

Some witnesses said that school bus had cut off the Academy bus, which had 35 people on it, near a local apartment complex. There were no children aboard the school bus.

Two people, including the driver, from the commuter bus were hospitalized after the accident. Roughly a dozen more people were treated and released, The Ledger reported.

The crash is under investigation, with authorities planning to look at a video from a camera that was in the Academy bus, according to The Ledger.

Crimson Tide Cheerleader Bus Involved In Crash With Pickup

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A charter bus that was transporting University of Alabama cheerleaders Tuesday following the BCS National Championship Tuesday was in a crash that also involved a pickup truck and a car, according to ESPN.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/bowls12/story/_/id/8829522/alabama-crimson-tide-cheerleaders-bus-involved-accident-seriously-injures-student

The accident took place Tuesday night in Montgomery, Ala., when the cheerleaders were coming home following the big game, EPSN said.

No one on the bus, which had 31 people on it, was hurt. But a passenger in the pick-up truck sustained serious, life-threatening injuries, according to ESPN. That victim, a student at the Alabama university, was in stable condition.

Oregon Tour-Bus-Crash Rescue Proved Difficult

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Posted on 1st January 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Rescuers had a difficult time getting to and helping the victims of a bus accident in Oregon that killed nine passengers and injured another three dozen Sunday morning, according to The New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/us/scale-of-oregon-bus-crash-that-killed-9-hindered-response.html?_r=0

Ten local ambulance corps responded to the accident site off icy Interstate 84 in Pendleton, where a tour bus crashed through a guardrail and fell down a ravine. EMTs had to carry victims on stretchers up from the bottom of the dangerous, slippery ravine, The Times reported.

And many of the passengers only spoke Korean, making communication difficult. Finally, some of the victims had been thrown from the bus, and their personal identification was difficult to locate, according to The Times.

The bus was on its way to its point of origin, Vancouver, from a trip to Las Vegas.

Oregon Tour Bus Crash Kills 9, Injures More Than 20

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Posted on 31st December 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Nine people were killed and more than 20 injured Sunday morning when a tour bus crashed through a guardrail on a highway in Pendleton, Ore., falling down an embankment, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/international/185227292_5_killed_in_Oregon_tour_bus_crash_on_I-84.html?page=all

The bus, with about 40 passengers, was on an icy and snow-covered Interstate 84 at 10:30 a.m. when the accident happened. The driver lost control, and the bus fell several hundred feet down a steep hill.

That stretch of the highway, called Deadman’s Pass, is known for being treacherous, with what the state Transportation Department called “the most changeable” and “severe weather conditions in the Northwest,” according to AP.

Rescuers had to use rope to get down to the accident victims.

The bus is owned by Mi Joo Tour & Travel of Vancouver, and state police said it was traveling from Las Vegas back to Vancouver, AP reported.

 

 

N.Y. Bergdorf Goodman Worker Killed By Bus

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An employee of tony Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan was struck and killed by a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus after leaving work Wednesday night, according to the New York Post.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/tragic_final_shift_Ry1bH4HR7FyzBosp0526wM

Aileen Martinez, 33, of the Bronx had agreed to close up the Tom Ford makeup counter for a co-worker, and left the upscale store about 8 p.m. She was walking across Seventh Avenue at West 59th Street in pouring rain when she was hit by a Staten Island Express bus, the Post reported.

The bus driver, who didn’t have any passengers, had made a left onto Seventh Avenue when he struck Martinez, according to the Post. He stayed at the scene of the accident and wasn’t charged with anything relating to the accident.

The MTA was probing whether Martinez was jaywalking when she was hit and whether the bad weather contributed to the fatal accident, the Post reported.

 

Illinois School Bus Accident Injures 20 Students, 2 Adults

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A school bus on a field trip crashed last Wednesday on the Tri-State Tollway in Illinois, injuring 22 people, most of them kids, according to the Daily Herald.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20121219/news/712199773/

The accident involving a bus from Palombi Middle School in Lake Villa took place on I-94 near Deerfield Road at about 9:30 a.m., and two adults and 20 students were taken to five local hospitals, the newspaper reported.

The bus was struck when two trucks behind it hit each other, and then one of them hit the bus. The bus was one of nine buses transporting students to Allstate Arena in Rosemont for a Chicago Wolves games, according to the Daily Herald.

Houston Bus Driver Killed In Crash

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A Metro bus driver in Houston was killed Tuesday night when he crashed into a street sign on the Gulf Freeway, according to the Houston Chronicle.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Driver-reportedly-killed-in-Metro-bus-crash-4129467.php

The driver, who wasn’t identified, lost control of the bus around 7 p.m., hitting an exit sign near Broadway, the Chronicle reported. He was alone in the bus when the accident took place.

Officials were at the scene investigating why the driver lost control of the bus, since no other vehicle appeared to be involved.

Patrons at a nearby restaurant ran to the bus when they heard the crash, and when they found the driver he was dead. One of those patrons told the Chronicle that he suspected the bus driver has suffered a heart attack.

 

Bus Flips Over In Bogota, 27 Passengers Dead

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A bus went off a road in Colombia and overturned Monday, with 27 passengers killed and 15 injured, according to numerous press reports.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/bus-crash-in-colombia-kills-27-306611

The bus was on its way from Bogota to Cali, a 310-mile trip, according to NDTV.com. It was part of a group of four buses transporting people back from a business convention in Bogota.

The one bus swerved off the road and flipped over, causing the horrific number of deaths.

Passengers on the other buses claimed that the driver of the bus in the accident had voiced complaints about its brakes, but another bus was never sent, NDTV.com reported.

Bus Driver Acquitted Of Manslaughter In Crash That Killed 15

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A bus driver who was behind the wheel during a ghastly accident in the Bronx that killed 15 passengers, and ripped the arms off another man, was acquitted of manslaughter and negligent homicide charges Friday, The New York Times reported.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/08/nyregion/ophadell-williams-driver-in-fatal-bus-crash-found-not-guilty-of-manslaughter.html

The case had been seen as possibly setting a precedent for prosecuting motorists who drive when they are too tired, amounting to criminal behavior. Such was not the case.

The defendant, 41-year-old Ophadell Williams, had been accused by the prosecution of being so tired when he was driving as if he were drunk, and that this conduct rose to the criminal level of manslaughter and homicide. Obviously the jury didn’t agree, as it only convicted Williams of one misdemeanor charge for unpaid tickets, The Times reported.

Williams was driving a bus that was returning to Chinatown in Manhattan from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut when he struck a guardrail on Interstate 95 in the Bronx. The top of the bus was sheared off, killing the 15 and injuring many others, including a passenger who lost his arms when he tried to protect his face.

The jury deliberated five days after sitting through a trial that began in September, according to The Times.

Williams, who didn’t testify, isn’t off the hook. He is being sued by several passengers who lived through the crash, and the survivors of some who didn’t.

The lawyer for the passenger who lost both his arms told The Times, “Running a bus off a highway might not be a crime, but it’s certainly negligence.”

Miami Airport Bus Crash Kills 2 Passengers, Critically Injures 3

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Two elderly passengers were killed Saturday, and three others critically hurt, when their bus hit a concrete overpass at Miami International Airport, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/2-die-in-Miami-church-group-bus-crash-4083996.php

The accident happened when the driver of the bus, which was transporting 32 members of a church group, got lost at the airport, AP reported. The bus struck the 8-foot-6-inch entrance to the arrival area, instead of going to the departure area, where clearance was higher, AP said.

One passenger died at the scene and another died at a local hospital. Three people had serious injuries and were hospitalized.

The group on the bus were Jehovah’s Witnesses from Sweetwater who were traveling to a convention in West Palm Beach, according to AP. The bus was owned by Miami Bus Service Corp.

There are several warning signs at the airport telling drivers in big vehicles not to go beneath the low concrete overpass, AP reported. One says “High Vehicle STOP Turn Left.” The second one says vehicles higher than 8-foot-6 have to turn left.

AP said that the bus driver was being interviewed by authorities, and it wasn’t known if charges would be filed against him.

D.C. Limo Bus Crash Injures 5, Including Children

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Five people were injured Monday in a three-vehicle crash that involved a limo bus driving students to a private school in Washington, according to WTOP-TV.

http://www.wtop.com/109/3132892/Children-injured-in-DC-limo-bus-crash

A Reston Limousine limo bus that was transporting children to The Field School from the Friendship Heights Metro station was among the vehicles in the accident. Three children and two adults — including the limo bus driver — were taken to a local hospital for treatment, WTOP reported. And 16 additional children were taken to a hospital for observation.

The accident took place on Nebraska Avenue, with a 16-year-old and a 32-year-old driving the two other vehicles involved, according to WTOP.

The back window of the limo bus was broken during the crash.

Bus Driver Guilty Of Four Counts Of Involuntary Manslaughter In Va. Crash

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An interstate bus driver last week was convicted of four counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a crash in Virginia last year where  four passengers were killed, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/judge-convicts-bus-driver-of-4-counts-of-involuntary-manslaughter-in-virginia-bus-crash/2012/11/08/70f9781c-29da-11e2-aaa5-ac786110c486_story.html

Kin Yiu Cheung, 38, of Flushing, Queens, faces up to 40 years in prison for the charges in the May 31, 2011, accident on  Interstate 95, north of Richmond, Va., AP reported.

Caroline County Circuit Judge Joseph Ellis described Cheung’s actions as “so gross and wanton” that he had to find him guilty, according to AP. During the trial, there was testimony from a state trooper that after the crash Cheung nodded yes when asked if he had fallen asleep while driving. He had been driving erratically before the accident.

Cheung was driving a Sky Express bus, a low-fare line, from Greensboro, N.C., to Chinatown in Manhattan. The bus swerved and went off the road, hitting an embankment and turning over, AP reported. Four passengers were killed and other 50 were injured.

Cheung will be sentenced Jan. 23.

 

 

 

Tour Bus Driver Dead, Six Badly Hurt In Crash Near Grand Canyon

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A bus carrying Australian tourists crashed near the Arizona-Nevada border Friday when its driver suffered a fatal heart attack, according to The Arizona Republic. Six passengers suffered head injuries, but they were reportedly not life threatening.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/20121020arizona-bus-crash-charter-grand-canyon-tour-brk.html

The tour bus driven by Ronnie Sparks, 52, of Las Vegas drove off U.S. 93 and then fell down an embankment shortly before 8 p.m., in Willow Beach, Ariz., The Republic reported. He was declared dead at the scene.

There were 48 Australian tourists on the bus, and six were sent to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Other passengers were treated at Kingman Regional Medical Center and released.

The bus is owned by Silver State Trailways, and was coming back to Las Vegas after taking the Australians to the Grand Canyon, according to The Republic.

 

Man Killed, Two Injured In Illinois Bus Crash

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A passenger in a bus carrying special-needs people was killed in a crash Thursday afternoon in O’Fallon, Ill., according to the Belleville News Democrat.

http://www.bnd.com/2012/10/19/2365627/disabled-man-dead-in-bus-crash.html

The victim in the accident was Brian McCarty, a 54-year-old Belleville man, who died of cardiac arrest, authorities told the News Democrat. He was among four people on the bus operated by St. Clair Vocational Enterprises.

McCarty and one other passenger were clients of SAVE, a non-profit that helps those with developmental disabilities and challenges to find jobs, the News Democrat reported. In addition to the SAVE clients and the bus driver, there was a monitor on the bus.

The bus hit a tree on St. Andrews Drive shortly after 4 p.m., and the driver was injured badly enough to have to be airlifted to a hospital, the News Democrat reported. But authorities expected him to pull through. The monitor suffered minor injuries.

 

 

 

 

Tour Bus Crash In North Jersey Puts 8 In Critical Condition

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Nearly two dozen passengers were injured, eight of them seriously, Saturday morning when a Canadian tour bus overturned while exiting an off-ramp on Interstate 80 in Wayne, N.J., according to The Record.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/Bus_overturns_on_Route_80_in_Wayne.html?page=all

The accident involving the AVM Max 2000 Charter Services Inc. bus is under investigation. The bus, with 57 people aboard, was headed to Flatbush, Brooklyn, The Record reported. The group included many people who were West Indian, part of a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Toronto that was traveling to a religious conference.

The bus driver, Neville Larmond, 51, of Toronto, claimed that he was cut off by another vehicle, causing the accident, The Record said.

The crash took place around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, with the bus having left Toronto around 9 p.m. Friday night, according to The Record. It is a holiday weekend in both Canada, where it is Thanksgiving, and the United States, where it is Columbus Day.

The tour bus went over an exit ramp curb and turned over on its left side. Three passengers were trapped inside.

As of Saturday night, eight passengers were at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in critical condition, according to The Record. Other accident victims were sent to Chilton Hospital, St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, and then were released, the newspaper said.

Federal regulators have cited AVM Max four times in 2012 for violating “fatigued driving” regulations, according to The Record.

 

 

Bus Driver Goes On Trial For 15 Manslaughter Charges In Crash

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A prosecutor this week blamed a bus driver’s fatigue and sleep deprivation for an accident that killed 15 passengers on a tour bus that was returning from a Connecticut casino back to Manhattan’s Chinatown, according to The New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/nyregion/trial-begins-for-bus-driver-in-crash-that-killed-15-passengers.html?_r=0

Ophadell Williams, 41, went on trial in the Bronx on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide stemming from a March 12, 2011, crash. In that early-morning accident, Williams crashed the bus into a stanchion, ripping off its roof and killing passengers.

One passenger was decapitated, and one of the survivors lost both his arms when he raised them up to protect his head, according to The Times.

The prosecution alleges that although Williams had been educated about the dangers of driving while tired, instead of resting up for his night shifts he was driving around in a rental car, according to The Times.

In contrast, Williams’ defense attorney claimed that the tour bus was cut off by a tractor-trailer, causing the accident, The Times reported.

If convicted, Williams could be sentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison.

The National Transportation Safety Board this summer issued a report that cited driver fatigue and lack of oversight by World Wide Travel, the bus’s owner, for the accident.

 

 

 

Four Killed When Driver Crashes Into Las Vegas Bus Stop

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A Las Vegas man who was allegedly drunk plowed into a city bus stop Thursday, killing four people and injuring at least eight others, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/4-dead-8-injured-after-car-hits-bus-stop-in-Vegas-3862589.php

The driver, 24-year-old Gary Lee Hosey Jr., was charged with four counts of driving under the influence resulting in death, AP reported. He was in the hospital in serious condition.

Hosey lost control of his car at 6:30 a.m. and it rolled over. He hit one man and three women who were waiting at a bus stop,  according to AP. In addition, he hit and hurt three other people at the bus stop, as well as four passengers in his vehicle.

The fatalities were a man, 24, as well as women ages 47, 49 and 65. The accident took place two miles from the Las Vegas Strip.

Hosey reportedly suffered a collapsed lung  and may have broken his back, according to AP. The bus stop’s structure was totally destroyed, with its roof flying off and ending up 15 feet from where it originally was.

Texting Driver Crashes Into Bus In Los Angeles

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People are just not getting the message about texting and driving.

On Friday morning a motorist was texting in downtown Los Angeles when he ran a red light, hitting a Metro bus, according to the Los Angeles Times. The bus then went over a curb, struck a tree and knocked down a light post.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/09/at-least-8-injured-as-texting-driver-crashes-into-bus-in-downtown-la.html

At least eight people were injured in the accident, which took place at 5 a.m., the Times reported.

The bus was traveling north on Broadway when the texting driver, moving east on 2nd Street, went through the light.

Nebraska School Bus-Semi Crash Kills Four People

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A school bus crashed into a semi-truck in Nebraska Wednesday, killing four people and injuring several children, according to the New York Daily News.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/killed-4-kids-injured-school-bus-crashes-semi-truck-nebraska-article-1.1153116?localLinksEnabled=false

The accident near Blue Hill, Neb., left the driver of the bus and the truck dead, as well as killing two bus passengers, the News reported.

Four children from six to 10 were hurt in the crash, with several of them being treated at Mary Lanning Health Center in Hastings, Neb. And a girl was airlifted to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, the News reported.

The semi-truck was carrying a load of hay.

Bus, Tractor Trailer Collide In Virginia

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The crash of a bus and a tractor trailer early Tuesday morning on Interstate 81 in Rockingham County, Va., sent seven people to the hospital, according to WINA.com.

http://www.wina.com/I-81-Closed-In-Rockingham-Following-Bus-Tractor-Tr/13977966

The bus and the truck collided on the northbound lanes of I-81 at 4 a.m., with both vehicles striking a median. The tractor trailer’s cab turned over, according to WINA.com.

Seven people were sent to Rockingham Memorial Hospital to be treated, with five of them passengers from the bus, along with the bus driver and the truck driver.

The accident is under investigation.

 

Megabus Reaches $5.1 Million Settlement In Fatal Chicago Accident

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There is a bit of sad irony here.

Just one day after a 76-year-old woman was struck and killed by a Megabus in Chicago, the bus operator signed off on a $5.1 million settlement of a lawsuit stemming from a similar fatal accident, according to The Chicago Tribune.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-megabus-strikes-pedestrian-20120809,0,2998724.story

Donna Halstead, a retired Illinois Supreme Court secretary, was killed Tuesday as she was crossing Adams and Canal streets near Union Station, The Tribune reported. Halstead was knocked down to the ground by the Megabus’s mirror in a mishap not far from her apartment.

Just a few blocks away, in a crosswalk at Adams and Desplaines streets, Wesley Krueger was killed when a Megabus hit him, according to The Tribune. That accident took place Feb. 23, 2010.

On Wednesday Krueger’s family and Megabus reached a $5.1 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by the survivors, The Tribune reported. Megabus did not admit any wrongdoing.

The Chicago newspaper noted that there were a number of similarities between Halstead and Krueger’s deaths.

“Both incidents occurred late on a Tuesday afternoon along Adams Street, near where Megabus picks up passengers on the side of the road,” The Tribune said. “In both cases the buses were making left turns and the drivers were ticketed.”

There have been several Megabus accidents recently. Last week a Megabus traveling from Chicago to Kansas City crashed near St, Louis. A University of Missouri graduate student died in that accident, which was blamed on a tire blowing out.

And on Wednesday a Megabus traveling from Atlanta to Chicago went on fire, another incident that authorities are blaming on a blown tire.

 

 

 

Illinois Double-Decker Bus Crash Kills One, Injuries Dozens

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A double-decker Megabus crashed into the concrete pillar of an overpass on Interstate 55 in Illinois Thursday, killing one woman and injuring dozens of other passengers, according to The Chicago Tribune.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-megabus-from-chicago-crashes-into-i55-overpass-20120802,0,7532269,full.story

It appears that the bus had a tire blowout and then hit the center pillar of the overpass, which was near Litchfield, Ill., some 60 miles from St. Louis. The accident took place at 1:20 p.m.

There were roughly 64 passengers on the bus, which had left from Chicago, The Tribune said. A University of Missouri graduate student, Aditi Avhad, 25, of India died in the accident, and about half of the double-decker’s other passengers were hurt.

About 30 ambulances and five medical helicopters came to the crash scene, where five passengers had to be extricated from the bus, including Avhad, according to The Tribune. At least 33 passengers were taken to area hospitals.

The bus driver had undergone surgery, and didn’t have life-threatening injuries, The Tribune reported.

The Megabus was on its way from Chicago to St. Louis, and it was then going on to Kansas City.

The bus company issued a statement in the wake of the crash.

“The thoughts and prayers of our entire staff go out to everyone involved, particularly the family of the person who has died,” the statement said.

 

 

 

 

Toue Bus Driver Says He Doesn’t Remember Accident

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A tour bus driver who was ejected from his vehicle in a crash Wednesday in New Rochelle, N.Y., has told police he can’t remember what happened, according to The Journal News. He sustained a head injury when he was thrown through the bus’s front window.

http://www.lohud.com/article/20120705/NEWS/120705018/Interstate-95-bus-crash-Driver-suffered-head-injury-doesn-t-remember-accident?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

In a horrific crash on Interstate 95, 48-year-old bus driver Wei Chen of Brooklyn was found 150 yards from the spot where his bus stopped, the local paper reported. He was on the pavement, and was conscious.

The 23 passengers on the bus were also taken to the hospital for treatment, but didn’t suffer any major injuries, The Journal News reported.

Police allege that Chen was speeding on wet highway when he lost control of the bus going around a curve according to The Journal News. Chen doesn’t speak English, but through an employee at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx he said he couldn’t remember what had happened, The Journal News reported.

The tour bus was on its way from Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut to Queens shortly after 6 a.m. when the accident took place. Police suspect that Chen fell asleep at the wheel and then the bus struck a median, traveling several hundred feet along a guardrail, The Journal News reported.

The bus is owned by Star Tag of Brooklyn, which has received four citations in the past for driver fatigue, according to the local paper.

 

Tennessee Bus-Truck Crash Kills 8, Injures 14

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A church bus crashed into a tractor-trailer and SUV Wednesday in Tennessee, killing eight people and injuring 14 others, according to USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/02/fatal-tennessee-bus-crash/2910431/

The multiple-fatality crash took place at 2 p.m. on Interstate 40 when the bus, from North Carolina, blew one of its tires and crossed a median, the newspaper reported. The accident happened in Jefferson County, about 30 miles from Knoxville.

The deaths included six bus passengers, the truck driver and one of the people in the Chevrolet Tahoe, USA Today reported.

The bus had 18 passengers, members of the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C. The group was coming back from a fall jubilee in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

The bus was traveling east when its left-front tire blew out. The chartered vehicle then traveled into the westbound lanes, hitting the SUV and then crashing into the tractor-trailer, according to USA Today. The truck then caught on fire.

 

Bus Crash Injures 34 In Western Ohio

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At least 34 people were injured early Saturday morning when a Greyhound bus in western Ohio struck a tree and turned over on its side, according to The Indy Channel.

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/greyhound-bus-with-more-than-80-people-on-board-crashes-in-ohio

The accident took place around 4 a.m. on Interstate 75, not far from Cincinnati, in Liberty Township, Ohio.

The Butler County Emergency Operations Center said that 34 people were transported to local hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to severe. Twenty eight were taken by ambulance and six by helicopter, authorities said.

The bus was en route from Cincinnati to Detroit, and it had 51 passengers and the driver on-board.

The crash is under investigation, but a bus passenger interviewed by The Indy Channel said that right before the crash the driver was slumped over the wheel, as if asleep or having a medical problem. A female passenger yelled “Wake up!,” but it was too late.

The bus veered off the road, hit a tree, rolled over at least twice and ended up in a cornfield, the witness said.

 

California Tour Bus Crash Injures 10

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A tour bus en route from Los Angeles to an Indian casino crashed Sunday night, injuring 10 people, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_23998387/10-injured-calif-tour-bus-crash?source=rss

The accident, which is under investigation, took place in Temecula, Calif., about 25 miles from the bus’s destination, Casino Pauma in north San Diego County.

There were 18 people on the bus when it swerved off a road at close to 11 p.m. Sunday, AP reported. Nine passengers and the driver, 50, were taken to the hospital, with the worst injury being a cut on the head. Hopefully, doctors will check to be sure this victim hasn’t sustained a concussion.

The bus driver told authorities that his brakes failed when he was coming into a curve, resulting in him hitting a guard rail and going into the trees and stones, according to AP.

There was another recent accident involving a tour bus traveling to an Indian casino in Southern California.

A bus on its way to the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino overturned on Aug. 23, injuring more than 50 people.

 

Brooklyn MTA Bus Hits And Kills Elderly Woman

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An elderly woman was struck and killed by a bus Thursday morning in Brooklyn, crushed beneath the front tire of the city Metropolitan Transportation Authority vehicle, the New York Daily News reported.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-mta-bus-strikes-kills-elderly-woman-article-1.1440234

The victim of the accident, 82-year-old Lyubov Angert, was struck by the Coney Island bus in the East New York section of the borough as she was crossing Seaview Avenue, according to the News.

Witnesses said that the bus driver, who wasn’t identified, began screaming when she got out and saw Angert’s body, the News reported.

The driver threw herself down on the sidewalk and began rolling around in anguish, according to the News. She then fainted at the scene.

Angert was roughly 15 feet outside of a crosswalk when she was hit by the MTA bus, which was attempting to turn left on onto Pennsylvania Avenue from Seaview Avenue.

Tour Bus Accident In California Injures 52

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There were 52 people hospitalized Thursday when a tour bus on its way to a casino in California turned over after a two-vehicle crash, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20130822/52-injured-in-tour-bus-crash-on-210-freeway-in-irwindale

The accident happened at 10 a.m. on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale, Calif. According to authorities, the bus driver made an unsafe lane change, hitting a Hyundai Elantra driven by a 21-year-old San Diego woman, the Valley Tribune reported.

The bus then went off the highway to the right, and overturned. In the wake of the accident, 52 people were transported to local hospitals — including a near half dozen by helicopter — with 36 having minor injuries, 11 moderate injuries and five with more serious injuries, according to the Valley Tribune.

The tour bus was operated by the Da Zhen Travel Agency, based in Monterey Park, and was on its way to the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.

The charter bus company had a satisfactory rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which Da Zhen officials told the Valley Tribune was the highest rating available.

Nonetheless, Da Zhen had been cited for unsafe driving in June, and inspections of its buses at one point led to two dozen violations. But those citations didn’t seem to be especially heinous or dangerous.

Fatal Portland Bus Crash Ends In $4 Million Settlement

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The TriMet public transit agency in Portland, Ore., and a bus manufacturer have agreed to pay a $4 million settlement stemming from a 2010 bus crash that killed two women and hurt three others, according to The Oregonian.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/08/despite_4_million_settlement_i.html

The case was settled Monday right before a trial was set to start on the litigation, but even after the deal was announced lawyers for the plaintiffs charged that TriMet still has serious safety issues. There were five plaintiffs, namely the families of the two women killed and the three who were hurt in the accident.

TriMet will pay half of the $2 million, and it issued a statement about the settlement. The agency maintained that it had made safety improvements, and “accepted responsibility for the negligent driving of the operator.” But TriMet didn’t admit to any wrongdoing in the fatal April 24, 2010, bus accident.

Bus driver Sandi Day, making an illegal turn, hit a group of friends crossing a street as they exited a comedy club in Old Town in Portland, according to The Oregonian.

Danielle Sale, 22, of Vancouver and Jenee Hammel, 26, of Gresham were both killed. Jenee’s brother Ryan Hammel, 28, and his wife Jamie, 23, were injured, as was Robert Kittings.

The families of the deceased and the three injured originally filed suit in Multnomah County Circuit Court and U.S. District Court, but the federal complaints were dismissed.

Unfortunately, Oregon has a Tort Claim Act that limits the damages that public agencies such as TriMet have to pay if a jury finds them liable for causing injury or death, The Oregonian reported. Under that ridiculous law, TriMet only would have had to pay $1 million that all the plaintiffs would have to divvy up.

TriMet did instead agree to fork over twice that limit, the $2 million.

Bus manufacturer New Flyer of Winnipeg, Manitoba, paid the other half of the $4 million settlement.

A grand jury found that bus driver Day didn’t commit any criminal acts, but she was cited for a half dozen traffic violations and was fired by TriMet.

 

 

Bus Driver Faces Charges In Death Of Infant

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Posted on 31st July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A bus driver, who allegedly was on a cellphone before a crash that killed an 8-month-old girl in West New York, N.J., was slated to be arraigned on death by auto charges Thursday, according to the The Star-Ledger of Newark.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/07/bus_driver_in_crash_that_killed_baby_in_west_new_york_to_appear_in_court_on_death_by_auto_charges_of.html#incart_river

Stories don’t much worse than this. On Tuesday afternoon Idowu Daramola, 48, was driving a bus on Kennedy Boulevard East. He dropped off some passengers, but then a witness said that the bus suddenly went out of control. The Ledger reported.

The bus, owned by Sphinx Transportation, hopped a curb and hit a lamppost, which then fell and crushed the infant, Angela Paredes, in her carriage. The bus then went on the strike a tree, another lamppost and a parked vehicle.

That created a domino effect, with three other parked cars then colliding. Four people from those cars were treated at local hospitals for minor injuries.

The infant was bleeding from her head, had no pulse and had stopped breathing, according to The Ledger, when West New York Police Officer Michael Stetson desperately gave her CPR. But Angela died on her way to a local hospital.

The baby’s mother, Maylin Hogo of North Bergen, was also taken to Jersey City Medical Center.

The horrible death prompted  U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, to call upon federal transportation authorities to investigate Sphinx Transportation and find out whether its drivers are being properly trained to safely transport passengers commuting to New York City through New Jersey communities.

“As a father, I can’t help but feel the tragedy of Angela Paredes’ death very personally – and my deepest sympathies and prayers are with her family, who can only be heartbroken at this painful time,” Menendez said in a statement.

“While the driver is facing criminal charges, I have my own questions about the company that employed him,” the senator said. “My staff has been in touch with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to make sure they are assisting the state and local investigations.”

“We have been assured that FMCSA will be making a visit to the company soon and review all of their operations including their procedures to screen and train drivers,” Menendez said. “The people who walk along Boulevard East, and all people in New Jersey, deserve answers, and I am confident that local, state, and federal authorities working together will find those answers and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”

Arizona Tour Bus Flips Over In Flash Flood

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Posted on 29th July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A tour bus on its way to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon turned over during a flash flood in northern Arizona, according to KNXV-TV. None of the 33 people on the bus were hurt.

http://www.mynews3.com/mostpopular/story/Tour-bus-flips-in-wash-during-Arizona-thunderstorm/h5mQCbQRhke37roVzu3hNw.cspx

The accident took place Sunday north of Kingman, Ariz. That region of Arizona had endured two days of heavy rain, and the bus driver drove into a flooded wash, where the vehicle flipped on its side.

http://www.mynews3.com/mostpopular/story/Arizona-Storm-Bus-Las-Vegas/OEMJcBfwx067agI0naEUdQ.cspx

The accident is under investigation by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department to decide whether to make the driver of the C.H. Destination bus pay for EMTs who responded to the scene. Under state law, a driver who goes into a flooded area can be required to reimburse counties or towns that sent rescue crews to save him or her, KNXV-TV reported.

That law has been dubbed the “Stupid Motorist Law,” according to the TV station.

In Arizona, residents are often angered by the foolishness of motorists who ignore posted signs that warn about roads flooding in heavy rains. In the desert, a quick downpour can cause flash flooding in “washes” that are normally bone dry.

According to KNXV-TV, the bus company said that its driver wasn’t away of the flooding danger.

Church Bus Crash Kills Three In Indianapolis

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Posted on 27th July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The bus was only about a mile away from returning home, and the trip ended in tragedy.

Three people were killed and at least 19 injured Saturday afternoon when a bus carrying a group of teens back from a Michigan camp to their Baptist church in Indianapolis rolled over, according to CNN.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/27/us/indiana-bus-crash/

The bus, which had 40 passengers, was left bus hanging over a concrete barrier. Horrifically, a young woman’s leg was pinned between the barrier and the teetering bus, CNN reported.

The driver claimed that the bus’s brakes didn’t work when he tried to make a left turn.

The scene of the crash was bloody, with luggage thrown all over the road.

Two of the victims were seriously hurt and were transported by helicopter to a hospital, according to CNN, while eight were driven to area hospitals. Nine others were treated at the accident scene and released.

 

Nine Hospitalized After Tampa Bus Crash

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Posted on 19th July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Nine people were injured Monday in Tampa, Fla., when a county bus and a car collided, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/authorities-responding-to-hart-bus-crash-on-56th-street-in-tampa/2131509

Juan Washington, 48, was driving a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit bus when he turned in front of a a Volvo driven by Johny Ngoc Giang, 20. The bus was traveling south on 56th Street and then turned into a park-and-ride, hitting Giang’s sedan.

The bus was thrown into a concrete sign, the Tampa Bay Times reported, which crashed in the driver’s area of the bus.  Responders got Giang out of his car by cutting off its roof.

Washington was cited for making an illegal left turn, the newspaper said.

The drivers of both vehicles were injured and hospitalized, as were seven bus passengers.