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Tractor-Trailer Hits Two Greyhound Buses, Injuring 8

A tractor-trailer collided with two Greyhound buses on a Kentucky highway Thursday, Jan. 4, injuring 8 people. Police in Walton, Kentucky, said that a Greyhound bus carrying 41 passengers had pulled over on the side of the northbound lanes of Interstate 71 due to mechanical problems. A replacement Greyhound bus arrived, and passengers and luggage were moving to the second bus when a tractor-trailer sideswiped both buses. Norla Bennett, 67, was traveling from Birmingham, Alabama, to Toledo, Ohio. She told Cincinnati’s WLWT Channel 5 that she was in the doorway of one of the buses when they were hit. The ... Read More

Virginia Truck Driver Barred From Commercial Driving After Back-to-Back Crashes

A Virginia-licensed commercial truck driver has been ordered to refrain from driving any commercial motor vehicle after federal officials declared him to be an imminent hazard to public safety. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Carlos Alberto Garcia was operating a large commercial truck on Interstate 495 outside of Washington D.C. on June 24 when he drifted into a caution-striped, paved median area and plowed into two individuals who had stopped their vehicle to re-secure a boat to a trailer they were towing. The crash killed one of the individuals and seriously injured the other. An investigation by Virginia ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Crashes Into Bus on Pennsylvania Highway, Injuring 26

A crash between a tractor-trailer and a bus on an eastern-central Pennsylvania interstate sent more than two dozen people to the hospital Sunday, Aug. 20. Authorities said the collision on Interstate 78 in Williams Township, about 65 miles north of Philadelphia, sent 26 people to the hospital with injuries. Three of those brought to St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, remain hospitalized in serious condition. The bus was reportedly traveling in the right lane of I-78 eastbound and the tractor-trailer was in the left lane. For reasons not yet clear, the tractor-trailer struck the back of the bus ... Read More

Two Killed, Several Injured When Tractor Trailer Collides With Texas High School Track Team Bus

A high school track team coach and a commercial truck driver were killed and about 20 others injured when a tractor-trailer veered into the path of a school bus on Highway 271 Thursday night in Titus County, Texas. WFAA CBS 19 reported that a bus carrying the Mount Pleasant High School boys track team was driving south on 271 when the tractor trailer traveling in the northbound lane veered into the bus’s path around 10:45 p.m. Track coach Van Bowen, who was driving the bus, swerved to avoid a head-on collision, but the tractor-trailer plowed into the side of the ... Read More

Elevated Rail Tracks Open in Burbank, Ending Train Collisions With Motor Vehicles at troubled crossing

California transportation officials cut the ribbon on the newly opened $40-million elevated rail tracks for Metrolink commuter trains and Union Pacific freight trains in Burbank, designed to prevent deadly street-level collisions between trains and motor vehicles. “The elevated railroad tracks allow us to say goodbye — permanently — to the at-grade crossing on Buena Vista Street at San Fernando Boulevard, where people tragically lost their lives and too many families suffered unbearable pain,” said Carrie Bowen, District 7 director for the California Department of Transportation. Construction of the 2.2-mile stretch of track paralleling Interstate 5 from Buena Vista Street to ... Read More

Biloxi Site of Deadly crash between Train and Bus Has History of Accidents

Early reports indicate the Biloxi, Mississippi, railroad crossing where a freight train struck a tour bus Feb. 7 has a long history of similar crashes. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators arrived in Biloxi hours after the deadly crash to launch a probe of the incident, which killed four bus passengers and injured dozens more, including seven critically. The crash investigation has just started, but the NTSB says there have been 17 accidents at the same downtown Biloxi crossing since 1976, the most recent crash being in January when a CSX train hit a delivery truck. Residents who live near ... Read More

FMCSA Urges Commercial Drivers To Take Tire Safety Measures

Whether they’re hauling passengers, hazardous material, or other cargo, there is a lot riding on any commercial vehicle’s tires. Accidents stemming from the tires on commercial vehicles have federal regulators concerned that not enough is being done to ensure that tires are properly maintained and inspected. Tire problems caused about 8,000 accidents per year in commercial trucks alone, according to federal transportation data. These accidents account for about 6 percent of all commercial truck accidents. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigations recognizes a number of factors that ... Read More

Two Injured In Crash With Georgetown University Men’s Basketball Team Bus

Two people were injured after their SUV was struck from behind by a motor coach carrying the Georgetown University men’s basketball team Feb. 6. The bus was traveling north on I-95 from Washington D.C., home of Georgetown University, to Philadelphia ahead of a Feb. 7 game against the Villanova Wildcats when the collision occurred just after 2:30 p.m. “The accident involved another vehicle and occurred on I-95 North outside of Baltimore,” a Georgetown team spokesman said in a statement. “There were no major injuries to members of the team. The company provided another bus for the team to continue its ... Read More

Judge Sends Chattanooga School Bus Crash Case To Grand Jury

Chattanooga, TN school bus crashes into tree

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

Chattanooga, TN school bus crashes into tree

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