Brooklyn MTA Bus Hits And Kills Elderly Woman

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Posted on 29th August 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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An elderly woman was struck and killed by a bus Thursday morning in Brooklyn, crushed beneath the front tire of the city Metropolitan Transportation Authority vehicle, the New York Daily News reported.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-mta-bus-strikes-kills-elderly-woman-article-1.1440234

The victim of the accident, 82-year-old Lyubov Angert, was struck by the Coney Island bus in the East New York section of the borough as she was crossing Seaview Avenue, according to the News.

Witnesses said that the bus driver, who wasn’t identified, began screaming when she got out and saw Angert’s body, the News reported.

The driver threw herself down on the sidewalk and began rolling around in anguish, according to the News. She then fainted at the scene.

Angert was roughly 15 feet outside of a crosswalk when she was hit by the MTA bus, which was attempting to turn left on onto Pennsylvania Avenue from Seaview Avenue.

Tour Bus Accident In California Injures 52

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Posted on 22nd August 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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There were 52 people hospitalized Thursday when a tour bus on its way to a casino in California turned over after a two-vehicle crash, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20130822/52-injured-in-tour-bus-crash-on-210-freeway-in-irwindale

The accident happened at 10 a.m. on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale, Calif. According to authorities, the bus driver made an unsafe lane change, hitting a Hyundai Elantra driven by a 21-year-old San Diego woman, the Valley Tribune reported.

The bus then went off the highway to the right, and overturned. In the wake of the accident, 52 people were transported to local hospitals — including a near half dozen by helicopter — with 36 having minor injuries, 11 moderate injuries and five with more serious injuries, according to the Valley Tribune.

The tour bus was operated by the Da Zhen Travel Agency, based in Monterey Park, and was on its way to the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.

The charter bus company had a satisfactory rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which Da Zhen officials told the Valley Tribune was the highest rating available.

Nonetheless, Da Zhen had been cited for unsafe driving in June, and inspections of its buses at one point led to two dozen violations. But those citations didn’t seem to be especially heinous or dangerous.

Fatal Portland Bus Crash Ends In $4 Million Settlement

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Posted on 12th August 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The TriMet public transit agency in Portland, Ore., and a bus manufacturer have agreed to pay a $4 million settlement stemming from a 2010 bus crash that killed two women and hurt three others, according to The Oregonian.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/08/despite_4_million_settlement_i.html

The case was settled Monday right before a trial was set to start on the litigation, but even after the deal was announced lawyers for the plaintiffs charged that TriMet still has serious safety issues. There were five plaintiffs, namely the families of the two women killed and the three who were hurt in the accident.

TriMet will pay half of the $2 million, and it issued a statement about the settlement. The agency maintained that it had made safety improvements, and “accepted responsibility for the negligent driving of the operator.” But TriMet didn’t admit to any wrongdoing in the fatal April 24, 2010, bus accident.

Bus driver Sandi Day, making an illegal turn, hit a group of friends crossing a street as they exited a comedy club in Old Town in Portland, according to The Oregonian.

Danielle Sale, 22, of Vancouver and Jenee Hammel, 26, of Gresham were both killed. Jenee’s brother Ryan Hammel, 28, and his wife Jamie, 23, were injured, as was Robert Kittings.

The families of the deceased and the three injured originally filed suit in Multnomah County Circuit Court and U.S. District Court, but the federal complaints were dismissed.

Unfortunately, Oregon has a Tort Claim Act that limits the damages that public agencies such as TriMet have to pay if a jury finds them liable for causing injury or death, The Oregonian reported. Under that ridiculous law, TriMet only would have had to pay $1 million that all the plaintiffs would have to divvy up.

TriMet did instead agree to fork over twice that limit, the $2 million.

Bus manufacturer New Flyer of Winnipeg, Manitoba, paid the other half of the $4 million settlement.

A grand jury found that bus driver Day didn’t commit any criminal acts, but she was cited for a half dozen traffic violations and was fired by TriMet.