Milwaukee Tourists Hurt In Orlando Airport Shuttle Bus Accident


Posted on 11th January 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A group of tourists, including 15 people from Milwaukee, were injured when their shuttle van crashed at Orlando International Airport, according to a local TV station.

The van’s passengers included the group of tourists from Milwaukee, ages 1 to 56. The accident took place near Terminal B.

The injured included two people who had broken bones. There were no potentially fatal injuries.
According to local authorities,  the shuttle hit a car and then struck a wall.


Woman Who Sustained TBI, Amputations In Bus Accident Wins $7.85 Million Settlement


Posted on 7th January 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A New Jersey woman who suffered brain damage, and had her left leg and right foot amputated, after being run over by a bus is getting a $7.85 million settlement, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported Saturday.

Mercedes Perez, 59, sustained her life-changing injuries in an Oct.  9, 2008 accident in Paterson, N.J., where she was hit by a NJ Transit bus at the intersection of Cianci and Market streets. Superior Court Judge Anthony Graziano in Passaic County approved her settlement Friday, according to The Ledger.

A just-hired bus driver hit Perez while she was in the middle of a crosswalk. The Ledger reported that the bus ran over her legs, and that Perez’s head also hit the ground, knocking her out. As a result, Perez suffered traumatic brain injury, had her left leg amputated above the knee, had part of her right foot amputated, and had to have metal rings inserted in her fractured cheekbone, according to The Ledger.

In the aftermath of her devastating injuries, Perez was on a ventilator for 18 days and underwent several operations. She also got septis, The Ledger reported.

Perez’s current condition is that she is bedridden, cannot talk and is being fed by a tube.   

The woman, run over when she was on her way to the dentist, is at a rehab center in Edison, N.J., but will now be transferred to a private facility.

Bus Company To Pay $9.5 Million To Family Of Nurse Who Died After Being Hit By A Bus


Posted on 4th January 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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It seems that 2011 was the year of fatal tour bus crashes, accidents that drew government scrutiny and crackdowns on the bus industry in states such as New York.

One of the issues has been the need for more stringent background checks on bus drivers. Some drivers involved in fatal accidens have been found to have criminal records, including Ophadell Williams, who was indicted for manslaughter in the deaths of 15 passsengers killed when his bus crashed in the Bronx.

Such was the case in the death of Angela Reid. 

Under a settlement, a Staten Island, N.Y., bus company has agreed to pay $9,5 million to Reid’s estate, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. Reid, a surgical nurse, died of injuries she sustained when she was struck by a bus driver with an extensive criminal record, Rufus Jones.

Needless to say, Jones was less than forthcoming when he applied for a job with Atlantic Express Transportation. When he filled out his job application, he “forgot” to mention that he had 31 criminal convictions and a suspended New Jersey driver’s license, according to the News.

Jones was driving an express bus in Manhattan when he went through a red light at 34th Street and Madison Avenue and struck Reid, who was on her way to her job at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, the News reported. Reid, the 34-year-old mother of two sons, was crushed and sustained devastating injuries, which resulted in surgeries and the amputation of her right leg.

Nonetheless, she died about three months after the Jan. 21, 2009 accident. In an interview with the News, Jones expressed remorse for Reid’s death but said his criminal record played no part in the accident.

But her employer, Atlantic Express, is paying the piper, to the tune of $9.5 million, via the settlement approved by in the  Bronix Supreme Court. The money will be placed in a trust fund for Reid’s sons Dante, 9, and Devante, 11, according to the News. They now live in Florida with their father.