Bus, Tractor Trailer Collide In Virginia

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Posted on 14th August 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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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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Posted on 8th August 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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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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Posted on 2nd August 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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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.