New Jersey School Bus, Dump Truck Crash Kills Girl


Posted on 18th February 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Federal safety officials will be getting a bird’s-eye view of the impact of a New Jersey law that requires school buses to have seat belts for passengers. They will trying to determine the effect of the restraints during an accident last week that killed an 11-year-old triplet girl.

Last Thursday a school bus and a dump truck in Burlington County, N.J., collided, an accident that not only left the girl dead but also seriously hurt her two triplet sisters, as well as an 11-year-old boy, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the accident, which took place at a four-way intersection in Chesterfield, N.J., at the crossing of Route 528 and Old York Road.

The Ledger reported that the NTSB wants to study what impact seat belts had in the aftermath of the crash. New Jersey is one of only six states that require seat belts for passengers in school buses. 

Some of the students on the bus in New Jersey were wearing seat belts, but the NTSB is trying to determine which passengers were wearing them and what effect that had on their safety, according to The Ledger.

At abour 8 a.m. Thursday the dump truck was traveling on Route 528 when it apparently went through an amber light and hit the bus in the driver’s side, The Ledger reported.  The school bus then hit a pole, which then partially went into the bus.

Isabelle Tezsla, one of the triplet daughters of New Jersey State Trooper Sgt. Anthony Tezsla, was killed in the crash. Her sister Natalie was no longer in critical condition, but had improved and is now in stable condition. But the third triplet, Sophie, was still in critical condition, as was 11-year-old Jonathan Zdybel, according to The Ledger.

Authorities haven’t filed any charges in the accident.


Denver Man Slips, Gets Run Over And Dies Getting Off Bus


Posted on 11th February 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A Denver man was killed last week when he got off a bus, slipped on the snow and was run over by the vehicle, according to the local CBS TV station.

On Tuesday Mario Castro, 60, got off a Regional Transportation District bus at snowy West Colfax Avenue and Mariposa Street, according to the TV station’s online report. 

Police were investigating the accident, but apparently Castro held onto the side of the bus so he wouldn’t fall, but he slipped anyway and fell underneath it. The bus’s rear wheels rolled over him, killing him.

Denver got several feet of snow last week, and officials and residents have not been able to keep up and shovel out the city’s estimated 10,000 bus stops, the TV station reported. 

Many RTD passengers complained that they were having difficulting disembarking from buses, because of slippery, snow-covered bus stops.