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Truck driver faces criminal charges for deadly Oklahoma bus crash

The truck driver whose tractor trailer crashed into a bus and killed four members of the North Central Texas College softball team in Oklahoma last year has been charged with four counts of first-degree manslaughter. Authorities in Murray County, Okla., charged Russell Wayne Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas, Thursday in Murray County District Court for the deaths of the players in the Oklahoma bus crash. The players were returning to Gainesville, Texas, Sept. 26, 2014 after a scrimmage in Oklahoma. Mr. Staley was driving northbound on Interstate 35 when for unknown reasons his truck veered into the median and drove ... Read More

Chicago bus plows into rush-hour cars and pedestrians, kills local woman

One woman was killed and eight others injured when a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus suddenly struck several vehicles on a busy downtown Chicago street, jumped a curb, and crashed into a concrete wall during Tuesday evening rush hour. Authorities identified the fatality as Aimee Coath, 51, of Flossmoor, Ill., a suburban enclave south of Chicago. Ms. Coath was taken from the scene to Northwetern Memorial Hospital where she later died of her crash injuries, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. Ms. Coath had been in the city to plan a wedding for her daughter and was on her ... Read More

Mother of teen killed in N.Y. bus crash hopes for better safety regulations

The mother of a 15-year-old river tubing guide who was killed in a work-related bus crash last summer said she was “not surprised” that prosecutors would not press criminal charges against the bus driver, but said she hopes her son’s death would lead to new state safety regulations that would make bus trips safer. Hunter Scofield, a National Honor Society student who had just completed his sophomore year at Hadley-Luzerne High School in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., was killed July 5, 2014, when a bus owned by his employer, Tubby Tubes Co., missed its turn, careened off an embankment, and flipped. Hunter was taking ... Read More

One dead, nine injured after city bus crash in downtown Duluth, Minn.

DULUTH, Minn. – An out-of-control Duluth Transit Authority bus crashed in downtown Duluth, Minn., Tuesday morning, killing one man and injuring nine passengers. The Duluth Police Department said it is still too early to tell what caused driver Rodney Frank Polson, 58, a longtime employee of the city’s transit authority with a clean driving record, to lose control of the bus, but they said early indications point toward a medical emergency. According to investigators, the DTA bus was traveling east on Superior St. in the downtown area when it smashed into a stop sign and a traffic pole, then crossed ... Read More

Greyhound faces lawsuit for 2013 rollover crash near Cincinnati

A Wyoming couple is suing Greyhound bus company and driver Dwayne Garrett in a Michigan federal court for injuries sustained in Sept. 2013 rollover crash outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. David Otte, one of six bus passengers airlifted to a hospital after the crash, and his wife Sandra Otte say that Mr. Garrett had fallen asleep at the wheel or “otherwise lost consciousness” when the bus veered off Interstate 75, struck a tree and a fence, and toppled over. The crash injured 34 of the 50 passengers aboard the bus. The Ottes’ complaint claims that Mr. Otte suffered a traumatic brain ... Read More

Bus crash injures Indiana Tech bowling team members

A bus carrying the Indiana Tech men’s and women’s bowling teams crashed Thursday morning on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana, injuring 21 team members. Henryville, Ind., State Police officials said the bus veered off the road “for an unknown reason” as it traveled south from Fort Wayne, Indiana en route to competitions in Smyrna, Tennessee. The driver was able to return the bus to the road, but possibly overcompensated because it veered to the opposite side of the southbound lanes and toppled over. The crash occurred around 10:25 a.am about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. All 21 people on ... Read More

Second Megabus crash in a month creates chain-reaction pileup in Indiana

Two people were injured Tuesday after a double-decker Megabus failed to slow for traffic that had stopped on toll road I-90 in Hammond, Ind., for an earlier crash. Tuesday’s crash was the second time in December that a Megabus crashed in Indiana. Late Tuesday morning, a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Emma Hartman of Glenview, Ind., crossed from the eastbound to the westbound lanes of the toll road and into the path of a tractor trailer. Ms. Hartman, who reportedly had been texting when she lost control of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash backed up traffic, ... Read More

Investigators suspect fatigue played role in deadly California bus crash

California Highway Patrol (CHP) authorities are investigating whether driver fatigue played a role in the crash of a tour bus in Northern California Sunday morning that killed one passenger and seriously injured several others. The bus, owned and operated by Othello, Wash.-based Yellow Arrow Lines LLC, was traveling to Pasco, Wash., from Los Angeles when it veered off the highway and careened down an embankment, landing on its roof. The crash occurred about 7:30 a.m. roughly 100 miles south of the Oregon border. The accident killed Octaviano Garcia, a 33-year-old man from Parlier, Calif., near Fresno. Three critically injured passengers ... Read More

Bus drivers may be charged for causing Pittsburgh Port Authority bus crash

Two Pittsburgh Port Authority bus drivers are will likely face criminal charges for causing a bus crash last month that destroyed one the of the vehicles and left one driver critically injured. The Port Authority of Allegheny County bus drivers were allegedly “goofing off” and speeding alongside each other on Interstate 279 Sept. 22 before one the vehicles bumped the other one, sending it through a guardrail. The bus tumbled down a steep embankment onto a residential street below. A Port Authority spokesman said that video surveillance from one of the buses showed the drivers gesturing to each other playfully as ... Read More

New FMCSA app lets travelers, trip planners check bus company safety

People who frequently travel by bus and those in charge of chartering commercial buses for group travel may find the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new SaferBus application for smartphones a valuable tool and a potential lifesaver. The new app is free and available for the iPhone and Android, allows users to quickly and easily check the safety record of a bus company before choosing a carrier. “There’s more to consider than just price and convenience,” the FMCSA said, advising potential passengers and group trip planners to “Look before you book.” “If you are purchasing a bus ticket or ... Read More