Tennessee Bus-Truck Crash Kills 8, Injures 14

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Posted on 2nd October 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A church bus crashed into a tractor-trailer and SUV Wednesday in Tennessee, killing eight people and injuring 14 others, according to USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/02/fatal-tennessee-bus-crash/2910431/

The multiple-fatality crash took place at 2 p.m. on Interstate 40 when the bus, from North Carolina, blew one of its tires and crossed a median, the newspaper reported. The accident happened in Jefferson County, about 30 miles from Knoxville.

The deaths included six bus passengers, the truck driver and one of the people in the Chevrolet Tahoe, USA Today reported.

The bus had 18 passengers, members of the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C. The group was coming back from a fall jubilee in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

The bus was traveling east when its left-front tire blew out. The chartered vehicle then traveled into the westbound lanes, hitting the SUV and then crashing into the tractor-trailer, according to USA Today. The truck then caught on fire.

 

Bus Crash Injures 34 In Western Ohio

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Posted on 14th September 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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At least 34 people were injured early Saturday morning when a Greyhound bus in western Ohio struck a tree and turned over on its side, according to The Indy Channel.

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/greyhound-bus-with-more-than-80-people-on-board-crashes-in-ohio

The accident took place around 4 a.m. on Interstate 75, not far from Cincinnati, in Liberty Township, Ohio.

The Butler County Emergency Operations Center said that 34 people were transported to local hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to severe. Twenty eight were taken by ambulance and six by helicopter, authorities said.

The bus was en route from Cincinnati to Detroit, and it had 51 passengers and the driver on-board.

The crash is under investigation, but a bus passenger interviewed by The Indy Channel said that right before the crash the driver was slumped over the wheel, as if asleep or having a medical problem. A female passenger yelled “Wake up!,” but it was too late.

The bus veered off the road, hit a tree, rolled over at least twice and ended up in a cornfield, the witness said.

 

California Tour Bus Crash Injures 10

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Posted on 2nd September 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A tour bus en route from Los Angeles to an Indian casino crashed Sunday night, injuring 10 people, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_23998387/10-injured-calif-tour-bus-crash?source=rss

The accident, which is under investigation, took place in Temecula, Calif., about 25 miles from the bus’s destination, Casino Pauma in north San Diego County.

There were 18 people on the bus when it swerved off a road at close to 11 p.m. Sunday, AP reported. Nine passengers and the driver, 50, were taken to the hospital, with the worst injury being a cut on the head. Hopefully, doctors will check to be sure this victim hasn’t sustained a concussion.

The bus driver told authorities that his brakes failed when he was coming into a curve, resulting in him hitting a guard rail and going into the trees and stones, according to AP.

There was another recent accident involving a tour bus traveling to an Indian casino in Southern California.

A bus on its way to the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino overturned on Aug. 23, injuring more than 50 people.

 

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.

 

 

Bus Driver Faces Charges In Death Of Infant

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Posted on 31st July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A bus driver, who allegedly was on a cellphone before a crash that killed an 8-month-old girl in West New York, N.J., was slated to be arraigned on death by auto charges Thursday, according to the The Star-Ledger of Newark.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/07/bus_driver_in_crash_that_killed_baby_in_west_new_york_to_appear_in_court_on_death_by_auto_charges_of.html#incart_river

Stories don’t much worse than this. On Tuesday afternoon Idowu Daramola, 48, was driving a bus on Kennedy Boulevard East. He dropped off some passengers, but then a witness said that the bus suddenly went out of control. The Ledger reported.

The bus, owned by Sphinx Transportation, hopped a curb and hit a lamppost, which then fell and crushed the infant, Angela Paredes, in her carriage. The bus then went on the strike a tree, another lamppost and a parked vehicle.

That created a domino effect, with three other parked cars then colliding. Four people from those cars were treated at local hospitals for minor injuries.

The infant was bleeding from her head, had no pulse and had stopped breathing, according to The Ledger, when West New York Police Officer Michael Stetson desperately gave her CPR. But Angela died on her way to a local hospital.

The baby’s mother, Maylin Hogo of North Bergen, was also taken to Jersey City Medical Center.

The horrible death prompted  U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, to call upon federal transportation authorities to investigate Sphinx Transportation and find out whether its drivers are being properly trained to safely transport passengers commuting to New York City through New Jersey communities.

“As a father, I can’t help but feel the tragedy of Angela Paredes’ death very personally – and my deepest sympathies and prayers are with her family, who can only be heartbroken at this painful time,” Menendez said in a statement.

“While the driver is facing criminal charges, I have my own questions about the company that employed him,” the senator said. “My staff has been in touch with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to make sure they are assisting the state and local investigations.”

“We have been assured that FMCSA will be making a visit to the company soon and review all of their operations including their procedures to screen and train drivers,” Menendez said. “The people who walk along Boulevard East, and all people in New Jersey, deserve answers, and I am confident that local, state, and federal authorities working together will find those answers and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”

Nine Hospitalized After Tampa Bus Crash

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Posted on 19th July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Nine people were injured Monday in Tampa, Fla., when a county bus and a car collided, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/authorities-responding-to-hart-bus-crash-on-56th-street-in-tampa/2131509

Juan Washington, 48, was driving a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit bus when he turned in front of a a Volvo driven by Johny Ngoc Giang, 20. The bus was traveling south on 56th Street and then turned into a park-and-ride, hitting Giang’s sedan.

The bus was thrown into a concrete sign, the Tampa Bay Times reported, which crashed in the driver’s area of the bus.  Responders got Giang out of his car by cutting off its roof.

Washington was cited for making an illegal left turn, the newspaper said.

The drivers of both vehicles were injured and hospitalized, as were seven bus passengers.

Shuttle Bus Hits Tractor-Trailer Near Atlanta Airport

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Posted on 25th May 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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At least 16 people were hurt Friday when an airport shuttle bus crashed into a tractor-trailer not far from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, according to NBC News.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/24/18470424-shuttle-bus-tractor-trailer-crash-near-atlanta-airport-at-least-16-injured?lite

The shuttle bus transports travelers from several hotels north of the airport, and was on its way to Hartsfield when the accident happened.

There were 18 people on the bus when it hit the tractor-trailer, and 16 of them, including a child, were hospitalized, NBC News reported.

Six of the passengers were sent to Atlanta Medical Center, and they were in fair condition.

Another 10 passengers were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, according to NBC News, with two in serious condition and right sustained minor injuries.

Nine Hurt Following N.J. Bus Accident

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Posted on 6th May 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Nine people were injured, including seven disabled adults, Monday when when a school bus collided with a car in Franklin, N.J., according to MyCentralJersey.com.

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20130506/NJNEWS/305060043/Nine-people-hospitalized-following-Franklin-bus-accident

The bus, which was carrying the disabled, was making a left turn out of the driveway of the Dungarvin School on Route 27 when it was hit by a Toyota Prius, MyCentralJersey reported.

Police gave the bus driver, 21-year-old Terrae Colter, a ticket for running a stop sign or failing to yield to a stop sign.

Seven of the disabled bus passengers, the bus driver and the Prius driver were all hospitalized.