Tour Bus Accident In California Injures 52


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.

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.

Arizona Tour Bus Flips Over In Flash Flood


Posted on 29th July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A tour bus on its way to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon turned over during a flash flood in northern Arizona, according to KNXV-TV. None of the 33 people on the bus were hurt.

The accident took place Sunday north of Kingman, Ariz. That region of Arizona had endured two days of heavy rain, and the bus driver drove into a flooded wash, where the vehicle flipped on its side.

The accident is under investigation by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department to decide whether to make the driver of the C.H. Destination bus pay for EMTs who responded to the scene. Under state law, a driver who goes into a flooded area can be required to reimburse counties or towns that sent rescue crews to save him or her, KNXV-TV reported.

That law has been dubbed the “Stupid Motorist Law,” according to the TV station.

In Arizona, residents are often angered by the foolishness of motorists who ignore posted signs that warn about roads flooding in heavy rains. In the desert, a quick downpour can cause flash flooding in “washes” that are normally bone dry.

According to KNXV-TV, the bus company said that its driver wasn’t away of the flooding danger.

Fatal Texas Bus Crash To Go To Grand Jury


Posted on 4th July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A casino bus crash that killed three people and injured dozens in Texas has prompted at least 13 lawsuits so far and a criminal investigation, according to the Associated Press.

The accident took place April 11 on a highway in Irving, Texas, when a bus operated by Cardinal Coach Line Inc. was taking a group of senior citizens from Dallas to a casino in Oklahoma. The bus was driven by Loyd Rieve. He and the  bus company have been named as defendants in more than a dozen negligence lawsuits filed in Dallas and Tarrant counties, AP reported.

Rieve was cited as at fault for the fatal crash in an initial report released just days after the accident, according to AP. And now the Texas Department of Public Safety has turned its file on the case over to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, which plans to present it to a grand jury.

In the initial report, according to AP, 65-year-old Rieve told officials he might have blacked out before the accident. He lost control of the bus, which then went off the highway, hit a concrete barrier and fell on its side.

The passengers killed in the crash were Sue “Casino Sue” Taylor, the 81-year-old who organized the trip; Alice Stanley, 82; and Paula Hahn, 69.

In 1998 Rieve was driving a bus that hit and killed a Good Samaritan who was helping at an accident scene near Dallas, AP said.  A grand jury cleared Rieve of any criminal charges, but two suits were filed over the death of Chad Rosell, 22, of Minnesota.

In the suit filed by Rosell’s family, a jury found Central West Motor Stages negligent for hiring Rieve, according to AP, but didn’t award damages, finding that Rosell was at fault for the accident that killed him.


Judge Dismisses Federal Suit Over Fatal Ore. Bus Accident


Posted on 30th June 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized


A judge has thrown out a federal lawsuit stemming from the deaths of two women who were struck and killed by a bus in Portland, Ore., according to The Oregonian.

On Friday U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman granted a summary judgment motion filed by the transit agency TriMet and bus driver Sandi Day. The jurist found that the accident, where Day’s bus struck five pedestrians — killing two — “did not represent a violation of the plaintiff’s constitutional rights,” The Oregonian reported.

The fatal accident took place April 24, 2010, in Old Town in Portland. Day made an illegal left turn, causing the injuries and deaths.

A year later, the parents of the two women who died, as well as the three survivors, filed a federal suit charging that their rights under the 4th and 14th Constitutional amendments had been violated, according to The Oregonian.

Danielle Sale, 22, and Janee Hammel, 26, were both crushed and killed by the TriMet bus.

Day was fired and was later tried and found  guilty of six traffic violations, including four charges of careless driving, The Oregonian reported.

The parents of Sale and Hammel still have lawsuits regarding the accident pending in Multnomah County Circuit Court, the newspaper said.

Shuttle Bus Hits Tractor-Trailer Near Atlanta Airport


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.

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.

Brooklyn Man Killed After Crashing Into MTA Bus


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.

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.




N.J. School Bus Crash Hospitalizes Students, Driver


Posted on 18th February 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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New Jersey is overrun by deer, and the lovely creatures can pose dangers.

On Monday seven students and a bus driver were hospitalized following a crash at 3 p.m. in rural Hamilton, N.J., involving a deer, according to The Times of Trenton.

A school bus carrying 14 students from St. Gregory the Great Academy went into a ditch when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a deer, the newspaper reported.

The driver and seven students, from the 4th grade to the 8th grade, were taken to Robert Wood University Hospital Hamilton. Monday night, they were in good condition at the hospital, according to The Times.

The children had school on President’s Day, a holiday, to make up for days they were out because of superstorm Sandy last fall, the newspaper reported.


N.J. Bus Driver Indicted For Vehicular Homicide


Posted on 17th February 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Last week a NJ Transit bus driver was indicted on a charge of vehicular homicide after striking and killing a man in a crosswalk in Passaic, N.J., according to The Record.

Catherine Collier, a 65-year-old Passaic bus driver, allegedly ran a red light last September, hitting Joseph Currier, 49, of Passaic, The Record reported. According to a passenger, Collier had sped up as the traffic light turned from yellow to red.

Currier’s face hit the bus’s windshield, The Record said, and Collier drove for about 50 yards after hitting him. Passengers and a man outside the bus called out for her to stop.

Collier is free on $50,000 bail, ever since she was arrested in October. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to The Record.


Students Injured When Bus Get Stuck Under Boston Overpass


Posted on 3rd February 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A charter bus with Pennsylvania high school students got stuck under a bridge in Boston Saturday night, injuring and trapping some of its passengers, according to the Associated Press.

The Pennsylvania bus had 42 students and chaperones on board when it hit an overpass on Soldiers Field Road on its way back to Philadelphia after visiting Harvard.

Massachusetts State Police said they were investigating the accident, and that there was a sign on the road saying that buses were prohibited from traveling on it, AP reported. Charges could be brought against the bus driver.

The police reported that more than 30 passengers were hurt, with three in serious condition, AP said.

Soldiers Field Road goes along the Charles River and goes by Harvard.

Brooklyn Woman Crushed And Killed By Charter Bus


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.

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.