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Bus Driver Faces 33 Criminal Charges For Deadly Pennsylvania crash

A commercial bus driver faces 33 criminal charges in connection with a Pennsylvania bus crash that killed a 33-year-old Cornell graduate and injured a dozen others. Charles Dwight Dixon, 50, of Bronx, New York, was behind the wheel of the Big Red Bullet motor coach when it drove off the side of I-380 near Scranton and crashed in a wooded area. The impact killed Rebecca Blanco, a California transplant who last year graduated from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and lived in New York City. At least 14 people were on the bus at the time of the ... Read More

Minnesota Bus Crash Caused By ‘Medical Episode’

A commercial bus crash that injured several members of an Illinois community college basketball team occurred when the bus driver suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel, investigators said. The bus was carrying members of the Highland Community College women’s basketball team home to Freeport, Illinois, from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton when it crashed Saturday, March 10, at 6:46 p.m. on I-94 near St. Michael, Minnesota. The bus driver, 64-year-old Paul William Cheeseman, and 11 others were taken to area hospitals with various injuries, none of which were reported to be life-threatening. The injured passengers were said ... Read More

School bus driver in deadly Baltimore crash unfit to drive, lawsuit alleges

The Baltimore school bus driver who lost control of his bus in November and struck a commuter bus, killing six and injuring 11 others, had been wrongly cleared to drive a bus despite a history of pervious crashes and serious health problems, a lawsuit filed on behalf of the victims claims. According to the Baltimore Sun, the lawsuit alleges that 67-year-old school bus driver Glenn Chappell had a history of seizures, hypertension, and diabetes, which should have disqualified him from driving a commercial vehicle under federal and state laws. Mr. Chappell was one of the six people killed in the ... Read More

Judge Sends Chattanooga School Bus Crash Case To Grand Jury

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The driver of a Chattanooga school bus that crashed in November, killing six students and injuring 20 others, was driving up to 22 mph over the speed limit off his designated route and may have been using his cellphone at the time, a police officer investigating the accident testified in court Dec. 15. School bus driver Johnthony Walker, 24, has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving. Authorities will also add a sixth charge of vehicular homicide for a student who later died from crash injuries. In last Thursday morning’s hearing, Hamilton County General ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Alleges School Bus In Chattanooga Crash was unsafe, Poorly Designed

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A wrongful-death lawsuit filed in connection with the deadly Nov. 21 elementary school bus crash in Chattanooga that killed six children and injured dozens more targets the bus’s manufacturer, claiming an inferior design and poor structure failed to prevent students from being ejected from the vehicle. Filed Dec. 9 in Hamilton County Circuit Court by the family of 10-year-old Zyanna Harris, the lawsuit accuses North Carolina-based school bus manufacturer Thomas Built Buses of making an “unreasonably dangerous and defective” vehicle with an unsafe window system. “There were safer alternative designs,” the lawsuit claims. “Specifically, a window system with embedded glass ... Read More

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

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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

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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

One dead, 43 Injured After Bus Collided With Tractor Trailer in North Georgia

A tractor-trailer and tour bus collided on a rural North Georgia highway Thursday, killing one person and injuring 43 others. A preliminary investigation of the crash faults the driver of a tractor-trailer hauling a load of stone. Georgia State Police said the truck driver was attempting to pull onto the southbound lanes of Georgia Highway 515 from a side road but couldn’t complete the turn because other traffic was obstructing him. The incomplete turn left the back of the tractor-trailer stopped in the northbound lanes. The bus, chartered from Greatime Getaways in Cobb County, Ga., could not stop in time ... Read More

Deadly Denver Bus Crash ‘A Big Mystery’ To Investigators

Denver law enforcement authorities are investigating the crash of school bus Sunday that killed the bus driver and injured at least 18 others, mostly members of a Denver, Colo., area high school football team. Police said they don’t know why the school bus suddenly circled around near Denver International Airport just after 4 p.m. and collided with a concrete pillar. The bus driver, Kari Chopper, 43, had just picked up 28 members of the Broomfield, Colo., Legacy High School football team and four adults. The driver then abruptly circled the bus back around toward the airport for unknown reasons, ran ... Read More

Driver of charter Bus Involved In Deadly California Crash Has Botched Driving Record

Federal and state authorities investigating the deadly Aug. 2 crash of a charter bus in northern California are taking a close look at the driver’s record, the vehicle’s maintenance history, and other factors that may have played a role in the accident. The charter bus, owned and operated by Autobuses Coordinados USA, was traveling from Mexico to Pasco, Wash., along California State Route 99 when it veered off the highway in Livingston and crashed into a sign pole at 3:30 a.m. The bus was carrying 50 people. Initial reports said that five people were killed, but the California Highway Patrol (CHP) ... Read More