Bus Crash Injures 34 In Western Ohio


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.


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.


Church Bus Crash Kills Three In Indianapolis


Posted on 27th July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The bus was only about a mile away from returning home, and the trip ended in tragedy.

Three people were killed and at least 19 injured Saturday afternoon when a bus carrying a group of teens back from a Michigan camp to their Baptist church in Indianapolis rolled over, according to CNN.


The bus, which had 40 passengers, was left bus hanging over a concrete barrier. Horrifically, a young woman’s leg was pinned between the barrier and the teetering bus, CNN reported.

The driver claimed that the bus’s brakes didn’t work when he tried to make a left turn.

The scene of the crash was bloody, with luggage thrown all over the road.

Two of the victims were seriously hurt and were transported by helicopter to a hospital, according to CNN, while eight were driven to area hospitals. Nine others were treated at the accident scene and released.


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.


Oregon Tour Bus Crash Kills 9, Injures More Than 20


Posted on 31st December 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Nine people were killed and more than 20 injured Sunday morning when a tour bus crashed through a guardrail on a highway in Pendleton, Ore., falling down an embankment, according to the Associated Press.


The bus, with about 40 passengers, was on an icy and snow-covered Interstate 84 at 10:30 a.m. when the accident happened. The driver lost control, and the bus fell several hundred feet down a steep hill.

That stretch of the highway, called Deadman’s Pass, is known for being treacherous, with what the state Transportation Department called “the most changeable” and “severe weather conditions in the Northwest,” according to AP.

Rescuers had to use rope to get down to the accident victims.

The bus is owned by Mi Joo Tour & Travel of Vancouver, and state police said it was traveling from Las Vegas back to Vancouver, AP reported.



Tour Bus Driver Dead, Six Badly Hurt In Crash Near Grand Canyon


Posted on 20th October 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A bus carrying Australian tourists crashed near the Arizona-Nevada border Friday when its driver suffered a fatal heart attack, according to The Arizona Republic. Six passengers suffered head injuries, but they were reportedly not life threatening.


The tour bus driven by Ronnie Sparks, 52, of Las Vegas drove off U.S. 93 and then fell down an embankment shortly before 8 p.m., in Willow Beach, Ariz., The Republic reported. He was declared dead at the scene.

There were 48 Australian tourists on the bus, and six were sent to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Other passengers were treated at Kingman Regional Medical Center and released.

The bus is owned by Silver State Trailways, and was coming back to Las Vegas after taking the Australians to the Grand Canyon, according to The Republic.


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.



New Jersey School Bus, Dump Truck Crash Kills Girl


Posted on 18th February 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Federal safety officials will be getting a bird’s-eye view of the impact of a New Jersey law that requires school buses to have seat belts for passengers. They will trying to determine the effect of the restraints during an accident last week that killed an 11-year-old triplet girl.

Last Thursday a school bus and a dump truck in Burlington County, N.J., collided, an accident that not only left the girl dead but also seriously hurt her two triplet sisters, as well as an 11-year-old boy, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark.     


Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the accident, which took place at a four-way intersection in Chesterfield, N.J., at the crossing of Route 528 and Old York Road.

The Ledger reported that the NTSB wants to study what impact seat belts had in the aftermath of the crash. New Jersey is one of only six states that require seat belts for passengers in school buses. 

Some of the students on the bus in New Jersey were wearing seat belts, but the NTSB is trying to determine which passengers were wearing them and what effect that had on their safety, according to The Ledger.    


At abour 8 a.m. Thursday the dump truck was traveling on Route 528 when it apparently went through an amber light and hit the bus in the driver’s side, The Ledger reported.  The school bus then hit a pole, which then partially went into the bus.

Isabelle Tezsla, one of the triplet daughters of New Jersey State Trooper Sgt. Anthony Tezsla, was killed in the crash. Her sister Natalie was no longer in critical condition, but had improved and is now in stable condition. But the third triplet, Sophie, was still in critical condition, as was 11-year-old Jonathan Zdybel, according to The Ledger.   


Authorities haven’t filed any charges in the accident.


Prosecutors To Drop Reckless Driving Charge In Virginia Bus Crash, But Four Manslaughter Counts Stand


Posted on 2nd October 2011 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The driver who was asleep at the wheel when a tour bus crashed in Virginia, killing four passengers, will be tried for involuntary manslaughter but a reckless driving charge will be dropped, prosecutors told the Associated Press Friday.


Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of New York is still slated to be tried in January on four felony counts of involuntary manslaughter. Each of those charges carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.                                                                                              

According to AP, Cheung has admitted to authorities that he fell asleep while driving May 31, when he was driving a group from Greensboro, N.C., to New York City. The bus went off Interstate 95 near Richmond, struck an embankment and rolled over. There were 60 people onboard.

Cheung worked for the discount bus line Sky Express, which transportation officials were in the process of closing down. But they had given the bus company a 10-day extension to appeal a failing safety rating.

Bus Driver In Bronx Accident That Killed 15 Charged With Manslaugther


Posted on 5th September 2011 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The bus driver at the helm during a crash that killed 15 people in March in the Bronx has been indicted on numerous counts of manslaughter. And Ophadell Williams entered a not guilty plea to those charges, even after a prosecutor said that the defendant knew he was too tired to drive. The end result was that now more than a dozen people are dead.

The fatal crash on Interstate 95, which happened March 12 as the bus was en route from a Connecticut casino to Manhattan, has prompted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take a series of actions to crack down on the tour-bus industry. And national safety officials are taking a look at the issue, too.

 Williams apparently fell asleep at the wheel, and his bus subsequently accelerated to 78 miles an hour. The vehicle turned over and struck a metal stanchion, which cut it in half from the front to the back. Some passengers were decapitated during the horrific accident.    

 According to The New York Times, at Williams’ arraignment a prosecutor accused the defendant of recklessness — reckless because Williams had been driving during his off hours and was very tired when he was driving back from the Mohegan Sun Casino.


 Williams, who didn’t even have a valid driver’s license and has a criminal record, was charged with 15 counts of manslaughter; 15 counts of criminally negligent homicide; 23 counts of assault for the passengers he hurt; reckless driving; and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

 The manslaughter charges alone each have a maximum sentence of 15 years.

 The terrible accident in the spring wasn’t Williams’ first problem as a bus driver, but he had kept the others well hidden. First of all, he had done time in prison for manslaughter and larceny.

 And last week the New York inspector general released a report on Williams’ that said at the time of the crash, he had three suspensions to his driving privileges open under the alias of Eric Williams, The Times reported.

 Williams, upstanding citizen that he is, had provided false information to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles and the bus companies that wound up hiring him.

 The only good to come out of this tragic case is the spotlight it has put on the under-regulated discount tour bus industry.

 But that won’t help the survivors of the 15 victims who were slaughtered in the crash.




New York Bus Crash Kills 14 As The Vehicle Is Sheared In Half


Posted on 12th March 2011 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Fourteen people were killed early Saturday when their tour bus flipped and was then was ripped in half  by a sign stanchion in the Bronx, not far from the Manhattan border.


In addition to the dead, the horrific accident left 19 injured, with five critical. In the carnage one person was decapitiated, there were body parts lying inside the bus, and a witness at the bloody crash scene saw a screaming passenger who had lost both his arms.


The World Wide Tours bus was traveling on Interstate 95 in the Bronx, on its way from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, at about  5:30 a.m. It was en route to Chinatown in Manhattan.

The bus driver, 40-year-old Ophadell Williams, told police he lost control when a tracter trailer swerved in his path, clipped the bus and then drove away. Police are investigating that assertion, according to The New York Times.

Police have taken custody of a trailer in Long Island and a tracter in Westchester County, bringing them to Farmington, L.I., to figure out if they were involved in the crash.    

The bus, which was traveling at a high speed, turned over on its side and skidded along a guardrail. It then hit a pole that was holding a large sign that marked the Hutchinson River Parkway exit. 

“The pole burst through the front window and sheared the bus in half laterally, from front to back, along the passenger window line,” according to The Times.

World Wide Tours issued expressed condolences and sympathy for those killed or injured in the accident. The Times reported that the bus company had recently been cited by federal regulators for fatigued drivers, but that its overall safety record was satisfactory.