Two Struck and Killed By Public Bus in Portland, Ore.

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Posted on 28th April 2010 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Authorities were trying to make sense of a tragic accident in Portland, Ore., where a TriMet bus struck and killed two pedestrians and injured three others.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/04/father_of_trimet_bus_wreck_sur.html

 Mark Caton, the father of one of the surviving victims, in an interview said that the public bus had essentially “mowed down” the victims. His daughter Jamie Hammel, her husband, Ryan, Ryan’s sister and two friends had gone out last Saturday night to a comedy club.  

The accident happened at a crosswalk at Northwest Glisan Street and Broadway, one block away, approaching Ryan Hammel’s car when “the bus mowed them over,” according to Caton

Hammel and her husband were struck by the side of the bus. But Ryan Hammel’s sister Jenee Hammel, 26, of Gresham, and Danielle Sale, 22, of Vancouver, were hit head on. The two of them were killed.

Robert E. Gittings, 22, of Idaho, was in serious condition at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

 The TriMet bus was making turning from westbound Gilsan Street onto southbound Broadway when the bus hit the group of pedestrians who were crossing Broadway.

Speed wasn’t a factor in the crash and the bus driver, Sandi Day, 28, was cooperating with investigators. Day was uninjured in the crash. The accident is under investigation, with no arrests or citations issued yet.

http://www.justicenewsflash.com/2010/04/27/portland-bus-crash-trimet-bus-runs-5-pedestrians-kills-2_201004274153.html

 Jenee Hammel’s family held and a candle light memorial for her earlier in the week at the site of the fatal accident.

 

 

San Francisco City Bus Strikes And Kills Pedestrian

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Posted on 23rd April 2010 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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First Denver had a rash of accidents where pedestrians were struck and killed by municipal buses. Now San Francisco had a fatal accident were a man died after being hit by a city bus.

 On Wednesday morning Scott Whitsett, 49, was walking on the pavement, wet from rain, of Mission Street in the Financial District when he hit by a Muni bus driven by Kimberly Johnson. http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Muni-operator-involved-in-fatal-accident-had-been-with-agency-for-just-over-two-years-91863314.html

 After being hit by that first bus, Whitsett was then pinned against another Muni bus, that one driven by Cedric Geegan.

 Whitsett had to be extricated, and was brought to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died.

 As part of standard Muni procedure, both Johnson and Geegan were given drug and alcohol tests and were placed on non-driving status.

 The accident, which is under investigation, was the first Muni-related fatality so far this year.

 

Nine Elementary School Students Are Injured In Joliet Bus Accident

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Posted on 20th April 2010 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A school bus accident Monday in Joliet, Ill., injured nine elementary school children, who were taken to hospitals. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2174426,joliet-bus-crash-laraway-elementary-041910.article#

 The school bus was traveling on Route 53 near Zarley Road, on its way to Laraway Elementary School in Joliet, when the driver lost control and the bus landed in a ditch.

 The bus’s driver, Jeffrey Baranski, 63, was taken to the hospital with facial injuries. There were 29 children on the bus, and nine were taken to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. Their injuries were not serious.

 Baranski was cited by police with failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash and failing to wear a seat belt.

 He was driving the bus north on Route 53 when he tried to turn around to go south. But while attempting the turn he lost control of the bus, which went into a ditch in a center median. 

Denver Transit Officials Try To Figure Out Reason For Recent Spate Of Fatal Accidents

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Posted on 16th April 2010 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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 Public transit officials in Denver are trying to figure out why there have been a slew of fatal bus crashes this year, according to the Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/technology/ci_14861061

 In just a four-day period in April, four people were killed in accidents involving Regional Transportation District buses. That is more fatalities from bus accidents than any full year from 2005 through 2009, The Post says.

 According to research by the newspaper, in 2005 and 2007 there were no deaths stemming from accidents involving RTD buses.

 RTD has been trying to stem the tide of accidents by having its supervisors deliver safety briefings before drivers go out of the garage in the morning.

In the three lethal accidents in Denver, only one RTD bus driver has been cited for any violations or wrongdoing. Tidenekiyalesh Hawariyat, 30, ran a red light April 3 and crashed into two cars. Two people in a Volkswagen Rabbit were killed, and about 12 others were hurt, including Hawariyat and the driver of one of the vehicles she hit.

 Police pressed charges against Hawariyat, namely two counts of careless driving resulting in death and 11 counts of careless driving resulting in injury.

 In the other fatal accident, a 78-year-old man was hit by a bus in Aurora as it pulled out of a bus stop. And the night after that, a bicycle rider crashed into an RTD bus. That 42-year-old man died of his injuries the next day. 

Because of the rash of fatal accidents, RTD is giving more than 1,000 bus and light-rail drivers a one-hour refresher course on safety procedures, according to the Post.

 

 

 

 

Denver Transit Officials Try To Figure Out Reason For Recent Spate Of Fatal Accidents

 

Public transit officials in Denver are trying to figure out why there have been a slew of fatal bus crashes this year, according to the Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/technology/ci_14861061

 

In just a four-day period in April, four people were killed in accidents involving Regional Transportation District buses. That is more fatalities from bus accidents than any full year from 2005 through 2009, The Post says.

 

According to research by the newspaper, in 2005 and 2007 there were no deaths stemming from accidents involving RTD buses.

 

RTD has been trying to stem the tide of accidents by having its supervisors deliver safety briefings before drivers go out of the garage in the morning.

 

On the three lethal accidents in Denver, only one RTD bus driver has been cited for any violations or wrongdoing. Tidenekiyalesh Hawariyat, 30, ran a red light April 3 and crashed into two cars. Two people in a Volkswagen Rabbit were killed, and about 12 others were hurt, including Hawariyat and the driver of one of the vehicles she hit.

 

Police pressed charges against Hawariyat, namely two counts of careless driving resulting in death and 11 counts of careless driving resulting in injury.

 

In the other fatal accident, a 78-year-old man was hit by a bus in Aurora as it pulled out of a bus stop. And the night after that, a bicycle rider crashed into an RTD bus. That 42-year-old man died of his injuries the next day. 

Because of the rash of fatal accidents, RTD is giving more than 1,000 bus and light-rail drivers a one-hour refresher course on safety procedures, according to the Post.

 

 

 

 

  

Driver Fatigue May Have Led To Fatal Bus Accident, Report Says

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Posted on 14th April 2010 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Driver fatigue may have led to a fatal tour bus crash in central California that killed five people last year. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jvBgNaKNWgGY-F9erxEe0J3eZU6QD9F2CR000

On Monday the California Highway Patrol released its report on the April 28, 2009, accident in Soledad, Calif.

The bus, which was driving French tourists, struck a guardrail and overturned some 100 miles south of San Francisco.

In the report authorities said that more than a dozen passengers saw bus driver John Agnew falling asleep and missing exits on the trip.

Before the accident Agnew made an unsafe turn, and the report blamed his actions on fatigue. Agnew and four passengers died in the crash.

 

Denver Bus Driver Faces Misdemeanor Charges For Accident That Killed Two

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Posted on 8th April 2010 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The driver of a Regional Transportation District bus in Denver will be charged with 13 misdemeanor charges stemming from a crash that left two people dead. But the man won’t face more serious felony charges. http://www.denverpost.com/news/frontpage/ci_14834533

Last Saturday Tideneykiyalesh Hawariyat, 30, of Aurora ran a red light while driving an RTD bus, hitting a car and killing Carla Miranda and Dustin Peletier, both 29, of Denver.

Denver police said that Hawariyat had been charged with 11 counts of careless driving resulting in serious bodily injury, and two counts of careless driving resulting in death.

Hawariyat is employed by Veolia Transportation, a private company that provides transit service for RTD. http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/23070922/detail.html

She will not be arrested because her charges are only traffic misdemeanors. Police decided that Hawariyat did not meet the legal standard for the tougher charge of reckless driving, which entails intentional disregard for the safety of others.

Hawariyat faces 10 days to a year in country jail, and fines of $300 to $1,400, for each count against her.

Pennsylvania Expands Access to Driving Records After Fatal School Bus Accident

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Posted on 5th April 2010 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Following a fatal accident, Pennsylvania will now allow school districts and contractors to see the lifelong driving records of bus drivers. http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=209292

In an announcement Monday, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said that the records that the schools will have access to will include the seriousness of any accidents. The district attorney wants those changes to be effective in time for the start of the next school year.

This charge was sparked by the case of a school bus driver who was charged in a fatal crash in Montgomery County, who more than 10 years ago was also involved in an accident that killed a toddler. As it stands now, schools only have access to driving records dating back a decade.

The man at the center of the issue is school bus driver Frederick Poust, 38, of Schwenksville, Pa. He was charged with vehicular homicide after crashing into a car, killing its passenger Richard Taylor of Gilbertsville, Pa.

Poust had been cited in 1999 for careless driving in an accident where a 2-year-old girl died. That incident set up a national debate on cellphone use while driving.

Bike-Riding Boy Dies In Disney World After Hitting Bus

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Posted on 4th April 2010 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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In a horrific accident in a fantasy world, a 9-year-old boy died after being hit by a bus at Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Resort in Florida Thursday. http://www.wesh.com/entertainment/23026301/detail.html

Chase Brubaker of St. Petersburg, Fla., was riding his bike with a young girl on the sidewalk on Big Pine Drive. But then Brubaker apparently left the sidewalk and went into the road. He hit the side of a bus, was pulled underneath it and then was run over by the vehicle.

The boy, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was wearing a helmet. The girl was unharmed.

The man driving the bus, which picks up visitors along the Fort Wilderness Loop, was David Russel Rich, of Montverde, Fla. Police said a full investigation could take as long as two months.

“We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the boy’s family d loved ones for their loss,” a Disney spokeswoman said.