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.

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.

 

 

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.

Pa. Bus Crash Kills Pregnant Coach, Driver

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Posted on 16th March 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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There has been a second fatal crash of a bus carrying a college lacrosse team, with the  latest one killing a pregnant coach, her unborn infant and the bus driver, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/16/seton-hill-bus-crash_n_2891932.html?ncid=webmail1

On Saturday about 9 a.m. a bus carrying the Seton Hill University lacrosse team went off the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Carlisle, Pa., and crashed into a tree, AP reported.

Coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, Pa., was transported by air to a hospital, where she died. She had been six months pregnant and her unborn baby also died, according to AP. The bus driver, 61-year-old Anthony Guaetta of Johnstown was dead at the scene.

There had been 23 passengers aboard the bus, which was en route to play a game at Millersville University. That lacrosse game, and one scheduled for Sunday, were both cancelled.

Authorities didn’t know the cause of the accident, which sheared off the left side of the bus, AP reported. The bus was operated by Mlaker Charter & Tours of Davidsville, Pa.

A bus carrying a lacrosse team from a Vermont college and a sports car collided Tuesday in Upstate New York, leaving a passenger in the car dead.

 

Brooklyn Man Killed After Crashing Into MTA Bus

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Posted on 11th March 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A man died Monday when he crashed into the back of an MTA bus and then rolled into a gas station at the corner of Jamaica and Euclid avenues in Brooklyn, the New York Daily News reported.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-man-killed-ramming-car-back-stopped-bus-article-1.1285112

Luis Angel Duran, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene, where he was trapped in his badly crushed Honda Accord, according to the News.

The city bus was stopped at an intersection when Duran crashed into its rear around 4:30 a.m., and authorities didn’t know what happened and why he hit the bus, the News reported. The front of Duran’s car was totally destroyed.

 

 

 

Brooklyn Woman Crushed And Killed By Charter Bus

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Posted on 28th January 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A woman was mowed down by a private bus for the disabled in Brooklyn last Friday as her horrified husband looked on, according to the New York Post and New York Daily News.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/oh_my_god_help_bWTf5uwowr17cCw0O3FyYK

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/woman-dead-bus-crash-article-1.1247553

Lorraine Ferguson, 47, was hit by, and her head crushed, during the accident at the intersection of East 105th Street and Avenue K in Canarsie, according to the Daily News. Lorraine’s husband Michael Ferguson had driven her to a city bus stop so she wouldn’t have to wait outside in the bitter cold for it.

When she saw her B103 Express bus to Midtown Manhattan coming, Lorraine started crossing the street to get on-board, the News and Post reported. But at that time, a small charter bus was making a turn and hit her, and she wound up crushed and dead beneath that bus.

Her husband claims that the charter bus ran a stop sign and hit his wife, the News reported. Ferguson was so diatraught that he broke down and collapsed at the scene.

The charter bus had two handicapped children as passengers, and neither one was hurt in the accident.

 

 

School Bus, Commuter Bus Crash In New Jersey

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Posted on 11th January 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A commuter bus struck a mini school bus in the rear in central New Jersey Wednesday morning, seriously injuring several passengers, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/01/old_bridge_bus_crash_injures_1.html

The accident happened at about 8 a.m. in Old Bridge on Route 9 and involved a 55-seat Academy bus bound for Manhattan and a 24-seat local school bus, The Ledger reported. When the large bus hit the minibus, the small vehicle turned over and hit a power supply station.  The Academy bus then continued moving until it hit a tree, according to The Ledger.

Some witnesses said that school bus had cut off the Academy bus, which had 35 people on it, near a local apartment complex. There were no children aboard the school bus.

Two people, including the driver, from the commuter bus were hospitalized after the accident. Roughly a dozen more people were treated and released, The Ledger reported.

The crash is under investigation, with authorities planning to look at a video from a camera that was in the Academy bus, according to The Ledger.

Oregon Tour-Bus-Crash Rescue Proved Difficult

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Posted on 1st January 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Rescuers had a difficult time getting to and helping the victims of a bus accident in Oregon that killed nine passengers and injured another three dozen Sunday morning, according to The New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/us/scale-of-oregon-bus-crash-that-killed-9-hindered-response.html?_r=0

Ten local ambulance corps responded to the accident site off icy Interstate 84 in Pendleton, where a tour bus crashed through a guardrail and fell down a ravine. EMTs had to carry victims on stretchers up from the bottom of the dangerous, slippery ravine, The Times reported.

And many of the passengers only spoke Korean, making communication difficult. Finally, some of the victims had been thrown from the bus, and their personal identification was difficult to locate, according to The Times.

The bus was on its way to its point of origin, Vancouver, from a trip to Las Vegas.

N.Y. Bergdorf Goodman Worker Killed By Bus

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Posted on 28th December 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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An employee of tony Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan was struck and killed by a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus after leaving work Wednesday night, according to the New York Post.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/tragic_final_shift_Ry1bH4HR7FyzBosp0526wM

Aileen Martinez, 33, of the Bronx had agreed to close up the Tom Ford makeup counter for a co-worker, and left the upscale store about 8 p.m. She was walking across Seventh Avenue at West 59th Street in pouring rain when she was hit by a Staten Island Express bus, the Post reported.

The bus driver, who didn’t have any passengers, had made a left onto Seventh Avenue when he struck Martinez, according to the Post. He stayed at the scene of the accident and wasn’t charged with anything relating to the accident.

The MTA was probing whether Martinez was jaywalking when she was hit and whether the bad weather contributed to the fatal accident, the Post reported.

 

Illinois School Bus Accident Injures 20 Students, 2 Adults

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Posted on 22nd December 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A school bus on a field trip crashed last Wednesday on the Tri-State Tollway in Illinois, injuring 22 people, most of them kids, according to the Daily Herald.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20121219/news/712199773/

The accident involving a bus from Palombi Middle School in Lake Villa took place on I-94 near Deerfield Road at about 9:30 a.m., and two adults and 20 students were taken to five local hospitals, the newspaper reported.

The bus was struck when two trucks behind it hit each other, and then one of them hit the bus. The bus was one of nine buses transporting students to Allstate Arena in Rosemont for a Chicago Wolves games, according to the Daily Herald.