New York Officials Put Illegal, Unsafe Buses Out Of Action In Sweep


Posted on 22nd October 2011 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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After several multiple-fatality bus crashes, authorities in New York state and New York City have just completed a one-month crackdown on illegal buses, the New York Post reported Saturday.

The tabloid said that the New York City Police Department and state transportation officials had put 46 interstate buses out of commission for “everything from safety violations to mechanical issues.”

As part of the sweep, three bus companies that were transporting passengers out of state, but didn’t even have a license to operate, were immediately shut down, according to the Post.

The crackdown came in the wake of a startling number of tour-bus accidents this year, including one that killed 15 people on their way to Chinatown in March.

The New York safety-inspection crackdown wound up with 150 summonses being issued to bus companies and drivers, the Post said.

Prosecutors To Drop Reckless Driving Charge In Virginia Bus Crash, But Four Manslaughter Counts Stand


Posted on 2nd October 2011 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The driver who was asleep at the wheel when a tour bus crashed in Virginia, killing four passengers, will be tried for involuntary manslaughter but a reckless driving charge will be dropped, prosecutors told the Associated Press Friday.

Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of New York is still slated to be tried in January on four felony counts of involuntary manslaughter. Each of those charges carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.                                                                                              

According to AP, Cheung has admitted to authorities that he fell asleep while driving May 31, when he was driving a group from Greensboro, N.C., to New York City. The bus went off Interstate 95 near Richmond, struck an embankment and rolled over. There were 60 people onboard.

Cheung worked for the discount bus line Sky Express, which transportation officials were in the process of closing down. But they had given the bus company a 10-day extension to appeal a failing safety rating.