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.



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