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NY bus crashes expose flaws in commercial bus safety enforcement

Just after the horrific March 12 bus crash in the Bronx that killed 15 people and injured 17 others, federal and state regulators coordinated a sweeping crackdown of commercial motor coach companies in New York State, resulting in about 20 percent of buses and drivers being pulled out of service and reinforcing the adage that people usually have to die before appropriate action is taken. But while the New York crackdowns removed many unsafe commercial vehicles and drivers off the road, they are unlikely to do any good in the future unless authorities maintain that beefed-up level of scrutiny. Safety ... Read More

Tractor trailer and school bus collide, killing one student and injuring several others

JACKSON, Miss.— A tractor trailer collided with a school bus on a rural Mississippi highway Friday morning, killing one child and injuring at least 10 others. Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Jon Kalahar said the collision occurred around 7:20 a.m., just after the bus had stopped at a stop sign on Mississippi Highway 450 and U.S. Highway 61 about three and a half miles south of the town of Shaw. As the bus proceeded to turn onto 61, it was struck by an oncoming tractor trailer. The driver of the truck told authorities he saw the bus at the ... Read More

Three bus crashes prompt NTSB to investigate commercial bus industry

The tragic bus crash that killed 15 people and injured 18 others on I-95 in the Bronx last month received such widespread media coverage that it largely eclipsed news of two other commercial bus crashes that occurred last month in the same region. One crash on the New Jersey Turnpike killed two people just two days after the New York Crash, while another on I-93 in New Hampshire injured 23 passengers on March 23. The bus that crashed in Pennsylvania was operated by Super Luxury Tours of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and was traveling south from New York City’s Chinatown to Philadelphia. ... Read More

Two Bronx bus crash survivors sue, driver said to be speeding excessively

The driver of the World Wide Tours bus that crashed on I-95 in the Bronx March 12 was driving nearly 80 mph on the 55-mph interstate, transportation authorities said. The violent crash occurred when Ophadell Williams, the bus driver, lost control of the vehicle and toppled it, sliding on its side into a road sign. The signposts tore the roof completely off at the window line, killing 15 passengers and injuring many of the 17 others on the bus. Two of the crash survivors, Yuke Chue Lo, 74, and Erold Jean Marie, 53, have filed lawsuits against Mr. Williams and ... Read More

Authorities suspend bus driver’s license after deadly bus crash

New York’s Department of Transportation has suspended the commercial driver’s license of Ophadell Williams, the driver of the bus that crashed in New York City’s Bronx borough, killing 15 people. The horrific crash has also prompted state regulators to take further actions in an effort to correct the safety standards of commercial passenger bus companies, which some critics say are too lax. Mr. Williams drove a regular circuit between New York’s Chinatown and the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, for World Wide Tours. His bus was returning from the casino and was nearly at its destination when it crashed ... Read More

New Jersey school bus hauling kindergartners loses brakes and crashes

A school bus carrying two kindergarten classes and six chaperones rolled backward down a steep hill and crashed in Montclair, New Jersey, Tuesday after losing its brakes. The incident sent three of the adults and two children to the hospital with injuries to the neck, knee, and contusions to the head. The bus was taking 50 kindergartners to nearby Morristown, New Jersey, to see a performance of Charlotte’s Web at the Mayo Center. According to local authorities, the bus, driven by a 36-year-old Newark resident, was ascending the hill when the driver felt the brakes failing. Witnesses said the bus ... Read More

Survivors of horrific NY bus crash feared driver was falling asleep or distracted

A horrific bus crash that claimed the lives of 15 people and injured several others may have been caused by fatigue or distraction, some passengers and other witnesses have told authorities. The bus, owned and operated by World Wide Tours of Brooklyn, New York, was traveling east on I-95 with 31 passengers when it swerved off the interstate and crashed about 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The crash killed 14 people on the scene. A 15th passenger died from his injuries this morning, while three others remain on life support. Several others remain in St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx where they ... Read More

NHTSA may soon require safety belts in all new motor coaches

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed requiring safety belts in all new passenger buses and large school buses. The lap and shoulder belts would be mandatory on all passenger seats and the driver’s seat as well. The proposal, which would amend the federal motor vehicle safety standard on occupant crash protection (FMVSS No. 208), is intended to prevent the ejection of bus occupants in a crash or rollover. If passed, the measure is expected to prevent nearly 800 injuries and save 8 lives annually. The proposal estimates the total cost of adding belts, changing the anchorages, and reinforcing ... Read More

Seat belts on commercial buses, a new NHTSA regulation

Passenger seat belts will soon be a requirement on commercial buses – a measure that the National Transportation Safety Board has long advocated but didn’t have the authority to enforce. Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has the legal authority to establish transportation safety standards, told Congress that it will require commercial motor coaches to have safety belts for their passengers. The new safety requirement comes after a series of fatal bus crashes that received national publicity. After analyzing the events surrounding a 2008 Utah bus rollover in which nine people died and 43 were injured, the NTSB ... Read More

Public urgently needs better bus and trucking regulations

After analyzing the events surrounding a 2008 Utah bus rollover in which nine people died and 43 were injured, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that two situations fundamentally contributed to the deadly accident: driver fatigue and the lack of federal regulations to protect bus passengers. The American Association of Justice (AAJ) responded to the report by calling for a close review – and a possible revision – of federal transportation safety regulations proposed during the Bush Administration and currently pending. The AAJ released a statement saying that it supports opening “new rulemaking proceedings to enhance commercial transportation safety ... Read More