Tour Bus Driver Dead, Six Badly Hurt In Crash Near Grand Canyon


Posted on 20th October 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A bus carrying Australian tourists crashed near the Arizona-Nevada border Friday when its driver suffered a fatal heart attack, according to The Arizona Republic. Six passengers suffered head injuries, but they were reportedly not life threatening.

The tour bus driven by Ronnie Sparks, 52, of Las Vegas drove off U.S. 93 and then fell down an embankment shortly before 8 p.m., in Willow Beach, Ariz., The Republic reported. He was declared dead at the scene.

There were 48 Australian tourists on the bus, and six were sent to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Other passengers were treated at Kingman Regional Medical Center and released.

The bus is owned by Silver State Trailways, and was coming back to Las Vegas after taking the Australians to the Grand Canyon, according to The Republic.


Man Killed, Two Injured In Illinois Bus Crash


Posted on 19th October 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A passenger in a bus carrying special-needs people was killed in a crash Thursday afternoon in O’Fallon, Ill., according to the Belleville News Democrat.

The victim in the accident was Brian McCarty, a 54-year-old Belleville man, who died of cardiac arrest, authorities told the News Democrat. He was among four people on the bus operated by St. Clair Vocational Enterprises.

McCarty and one other passenger were clients of SAVE, a non-profit that helps those with developmental disabilities and challenges to find jobs, the News Democrat reported. In addition to the SAVE clients and the bus driver, there was a monitor on the bus.

The bus hit a tree on St. Andrews Drive shortly after 4 p.m., and the driver was injured badly enough to have to be airlifted to a hospital, the News Democrat reported. But authorities expected him to pull through. The monitor suffered minor injuries.





Tour Bus Crash In North Jersey Puts 8 In Critical Condition


Posted on 6th October 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Nearly two dozen passengers were injured, eight of them seriously, Saturday morning when a Canadian tour bus overturned while exiting an off-ramp on Interstate 80 in Wayne, N.J., according to The Record.

The accident involving the AVM Max 2000 Charter Services Inc. bus is under investigation. The bus, with 57 people aboard, was headed to Flatbush, Brooklyn, The Record reported. The group included many people who were West Indian, part of a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Toronto that was traveling to a religious conference.

The bus driver, Neville Larmond, 51, of Toronto, claimed that he was cut off by another vehicle, causing the accident, The Record said.

The crash took place around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, with the bus having left Toronto around 9 p.m. Friday night, according to The Record. It is a holiday weekend in both Canada, where it is Thanksgiving, and the United States, where it is Columbus Day.

The tour bus went over an exit ramp curb and turned over on its left side. Three passengers were trapped inside.

As of Saturday night, eight passengers were at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in critical condition, according to The Record. Other accident victims were sent to Chilton Hospital, St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, and then were released, the newspaper said.

Federal regulators have cited AVM Max four times in 2012 for violating “fatigued driving” regulations, according to The Record.