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Fatal Bronx bus crash mostly blamed on driver fatigue, speed

The horrific crash of a discount bus that left 15 people dead and 18 others injured on a Bronx highway last year was the result of a “perfect storm” of situations involving driver fatigue, speed, poor company oversight, and bad highway design, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators concluded. The World Wide Travel motor coach was returning to Chinatown after an overnight gambling run to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. At 5:38 a.m. the bus swerved onto the shoulder of I-95, struck a guardrail, and toppled over. It then skidded for about 500 feet before it collided with ... Read More

Poor safety prompts closure of 26 discount bus companies

Federal safety regulators made one of the most sweeping crackdowns on the commercial passenger bus industry Thursday, ordering 26 New York City discount bus companies to shut down. Companies targeted in the crackdown offered steeply discounted fares between New York’s Chinatown and numerous destinations along the East Coast, including Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Connecticut casinos, Washington DC, Florida, and other places. These “Chinatown buses,” as they are commonly called, offer tickets priced 50 to 90 percent less than standard Greyhound fares, making them popular with students, retirees, and working-class immigrants. According to federal officials, the 26 shuttered companies were ... Read More

Investigators probing why two tractor trailers stopped on I-75 before pileup

An ongoing investigation of the deadly multivehicle pileup on both southbound and northbound stretches of I-75 in Florida has raised a couple of questions about procedure in the event foggy conditions impair highway visibility: First, why did the Florida Highway Patrol reopen the interstate to traffic after it had been closed about three hours due to blinding fog and smoke; and why did two tractor trailers stop in their lanes on the southbound stretch? According to the Gainesville Sun, a wildfire broke out in the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Saturday afternoon, creating heavy smoke along I-75 south as the ... Read More

Blinding fog and smoke eyed as a cause of deadly Florida pileup

Survivors of a deadly multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 75 south of Gainesville, Florida, blamed a blinding mixture of fog and smoke from a brush fire for the crash that killed 10 people and injured 18 others, some of them seriously. Much like the deadly December 29 pileup on I-10 in New Orleans, the Florida crashes involved a number of commercial vehicles, including six tractor trailers and what appeared to be a tour bus. At least a dozen other cars were involved in the crash. The pileups occurred around 3:45 a.m. Sunday on both of I-75’s southbound and northbound stretches. Authorities ... Read More

Commercial bus and trucks collide on Nebraska interstate

Several people were injured early Thursday morning when a commercial bus and semi truck collided with another commercial truck that had overturned on Interstate 80 in Gibbon, Nebraska. Police investigating the crash say that Mohamed Arguini, 39, of Antioch, Tenn., was hauling a truckload of dry cereal when he veered onto the median and then overcorrected, causing his semi truck to flip and splay across both westbound lanes. A second commercial truck clipped Mr. Arguini’s overturned vehicle and drove off the road into a ditch. Mr. Arguini was taken to a hospital in Kearney, Neb., where he was listed in ... Read More

Tire blowout eyed as cause of another fatal New York bus crash

Two women from India were killed and 35 others injured when a tour bus veered off a New York highway and flipped Sunday afternoon. The bus, operated by Bedore Tours, was transporting a group of visitors from India from Washington D.C. to Niagara Falls when one of the vehicle’s front tires blew out, causing the driver to lose control of the bus. According to initial reports, the two women who were killed in the rollover were sitting directly behind the driver. As is standard in the bus industry, nobody in the bus except the driver was wearing a seat belt. ... Read More

Police investigate bus crash that killed former NBA player

Raleigh, NC — Former Atlanta Hawks player Lorenzo Charles was killed Tuesday afternoon when the commercial bus he was driving on Interstate 40 in Raleigh, North Carolina, suddenly veered off the road and crashed. Charles, 47, was widely regarded as a hero in this basketball-crazy state for a last-second dunk that delivered a stunning victory to underdog North Carolina State in the 1983 national college championship game against Houston. According to the Raleigh Police Department’s accident report, the Charles’ bus crashed at 3:47 p.m. while traveling on I-40 westbound. Charles, who worked for Elite Tours, a commercial bus company based ... Read More

Houston Metro investigating cause of fatal bus crash

A Houston Metro bus driver died Thursday morning after suddenly losing control of a city bus he was driving on Texas 288 in South Houston. Authorities said David Sayers, a 40-year-old father of two girls, died at the scene of the crash. Sayer’s death was the municipal bus agency’s first driver fatality in at least 20 years. No other injuries were reported. A preliminary investigation found that Sayers was driving a soon-to-be-retired articulated bus – a longer style of bus that has an accordion-like fold in the center – southbound on 288. Around 8:30 am, Sayers struck a dump truck ... Read More

Deadly Virginia bus crash prompts major change in federal enforcement

Another deadly discount bus crash that killed four people and injured 50 others in Virginia Tuesday morning evoked strong words from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who vowed to change the way motor coach companies are able to appeal the federal government’s decision to shut them down. The bus that sparked this latest crackdown was traveling northbound on I-95 in Virginia early Tuesday morning when it crashed. The bus, owned and operated by Sky Express, had departed from Greensboro, N.C., and was bound for New York City’s Chinatown in when it hit an embankment and flipped over about 30 miles ... Read More

NYC police arrest tour bus driver for pedestrian’s death

A Philadelphia man is dead after being struck by a tour bus in a New York City crosswalk, and the driver of the bus has been charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter. The tour bus was carrying about 40 tourists on a sightseeing excursion back to their hotels in Newark, New Jersey, when the incident occurred just before 10 p.m. Saturday night. Authorities said that the bus was turning left onto Ninth Ave. from 47th Street when the rear of vehicle struck Timothy White, 29, dragging him for several yards before a witness was able to flag the ... Read More