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13 Dead In Southwest Texas Church Bus Crash

Thirteen people were killed Wednesday afternoon and at least two others injured when their church bus collided with a pickup truck on a southwest Texas highway. Investigators say it’s not yet clear what caused the head-on crash or who may have been at fault. They reported that the bus belonged to First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas. Fourteen members of the church were aboard the bus and were headed home to New Braunfels on U.S. 83. The crash occurred outside of Garner State Park, about 75 miles west of San Antonio just before 12:30 p.m. according to several reports. ... Read More

Pediatric Doctors Support Proposed Safety Bills After Fatal Chattanooga School Bus Crash

Doctors who treated the children injured in the Chattanooga school bus crash in Tennessee last November testified before a House subcommittee Wednesday, March 23, to support three proposed bills that aim to correct some of the problems that likely contributed to the severity of the crash. According to The Tennessean, Dr. Alan Kohrt, chief medical officer at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, said the night of Nov. 21 was “the most difficult of my professional life.” Four of the 37 children aboard the school bus died at the scene. Two more children died later at the hospital, and 30 others ... Read More

Bus Company Involved in Chattanooga School Bus Crash Has Blemished Safety Record

Chattanooga, TN school bus crashes into tree

The fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., that left six children dead and dozens of others injured Monday afternoon wasn’t the first deadly wreck for the bus’s corporate owner, federal safety data show. Illinois-based Durham School Services owns and operates more than 13,000 buses and employs an equivalent number of drivers, including Johnthony Walker, 24, the driver who lost control of his bus Monday while it was carrying 35 elementary school children. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data shows that Durham has been involved in 346 crashes in the last 24 months. Of those crashes, 142 resulted in ... Read More

Deadly Chattanooga School Bus Crash Investigation Focuses on Driver’s Speed

Chattanooga, TN school bus crashes into tree

Federal investigators arrived in Chattanooga Tuesday morning to start a probe of a school bus crash that killed six elementary school students and injured 30 others Monday afternoon. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said its investigators will be looking at the bus driver’s history, the history of his employer, Durham School Services, and the mechanical condition of the bus, among several other considerations. At this point, investigators are “very, very strongly” focused on speed “as a factor” in the crash, Chattanooga police Chief Fred Fletcher said. According to ABC News, police Tuesday morning said the bus was traveling at ... Read More

First Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Filed By Family Of California Casino Bus Crash Victims

The families of two people killed when their tour bus crashed Oct. 23 on its way back to Los Angeles from a casino in the California desert are suing the bus operator and the estate of the bus driver, who was among the 13 fatalities. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against bus operator USA Holiday and Teodulo Vides, the driver. The complaint alleges that Mr. Vides was traveling at an unsafe speed and failed to brake, causing the bus to slam at high speed into the rear of a tractor-trailer that had slowed in a construction ... Read More

Casino Bus Crashes May Attract Stricter Regulatory Scrutiny

The number of tour bus crashes has proliferated in recent years alongside an expansion in the development of U.S. casinos, sending up red flags to federal regulators that this newest niche market within the commercial bus industry may be fraught with safety hazards. From New York to Texas, Minnesota to California, buses shuttling people back and forth from casinos have been involved in multiple deadly accidents. The latest crash on Oct. 22, involving a casino bus near Palm Springs, Calif., that killed 13 people and injured 31 others, will likely draw closer regulatory scrutiny. It was one of the deadliest ... Read More

Six Dead, Ten Injured After School Bus Hits Baltimore City Bus

A school bus collided head-on with a Baltimore commuter bus Tuesday morning, killing six people and injuring 10 others, some critically. Baltimore law enforcement authorities say that a school bus carrying the driver and an aide was about to pick up its first student sometime after 6:30 a.m. when for unknown reasons it went out of control. The school bus rammed the back of a Ford Mustang and struck a cement pillar at the entrance to Loudon Park Cemetery before veering into the wrong lane and collided head-on with a Maryland Transit Administration bus. The impact killed five of the ... Read More

Injured Football Players Sue Church After Fatal Bus Crash

A dozen passengers injured in a bus crash last month near Hamlet, N.C., are suing the South Carolina church that owned and operated the bus. A lawyer representing members and coaches of the Ramah Junior College (Ramah JuCo) football team told WCNC Charlotte that Sandy River Baptist Church of Chester, S.C., failed to do what it should have done to keep the passengers safe. The charter bus was carrying 50 Ramah JuCo football players and coaches to its first-ever game in Fayetteville, N.C., Sept. 17 when it blew a tire, causing driver Brian Kirkpatrick, 43, to lose control. The bus ... Read More

SC Church Hit With Civil Violations, No Criminal Charges After Deadly bus Crash

The South Carolina church that owns a bus that crashed in North Carolina Sept. 17, killing four people and injuring 42 others, won’t face any criminal charges but remains on the hook for a number of civil violations. The charter bus, registered to Sandy River Baptist Church of Chester, S.C., was carrying football players from a religious football organization when it blew a tire and crashed on Highway 74 near Hamlet, N.C. Driver Brian Andre Kirkpatrick, who was among those killed in the crash, lost control of the 1993 MCI Motor Coach bus when the tire blew out. The vehicle veered into ... Read More

Tour Bus That Crashed Near Yosemite, Killing One Passenger, Was Traveling Too Fast

A tour bus carrying tourists to Fresno from Yosemite National Park crashed into a tree Saturday evening near Oakhurst, Calif., killing one passenger and injuring 11 others. The California Highway Patrol said the Line Charter bus was traveling on Highway 41 down the mountain toward Oakhurst when the driver entered a curve at an excessive speed, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The bus veered off the road and struck a tree with its right side, then came to rest on its wheels. The crash occurred near the little village of Fish Creek inside the National Park around ... Read More