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Charter Bus Crash Kills Two, Injures Dozens in Virginia

A bus crash near Richmond, Virginia, killed two people and injured dozens of others, some critically, Tuesday morning when it overturned on an exit ramp. The charter bus, owned by Massachusetts-based Tao’s Travel, was traveling from Orlando, Florida, to New York City when it crashed about 5:30 p.m. just south of Richmond. There were 56 passengers on board plus the driver, whom authorities identified as Yui Man Chow, 40, of Staten Island, New York. The Virginia State Police said the driver was traveling at an excessive speed when he veered off a foggy exit ramp on Interstate 95 in King ... Read More

Fatal Commercial Vehicle Crashes Continue to Rise

Fatal crashes involving large commercial vehicles are on the rise in the U.S., with work-zone accidents and crashes resulting in vehicle occupant deaths showing an alarming upward trend, according to safety data reported by federal regulators. Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported the grim numbers at a Jan. 15 session of the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. According to Transportation Topics, Mr. Van Steenburg said the number of people killed in fatal crashes involving large commercial vehicles was up to 5,005 in 2017, the latest year for which figures are ... Read More

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

Los Angeles Bus Crash Injures 40, Road Rage Suspected

Dash cam video of a bus crash on a busy Los Angeles County highway shows the Oct. 14 incident may have been the result of road rage. Forty people were injured when a white charter bus marked “Transit Systems” traveling in the right northbound lane of the 405 freeway in the San Fernando Valley suddenly veered left across multiple lanes of traffic. The bus crashed through a concrete divider and stopped splayed across the southbound lanes. At least two other vehicles were involved in the bus crash, which occurred just after 1 p.m. in the North Hills neighborhood of Los ... Read More

Penn Bus Crash Kills Cornell Graduate, Injures 12 others

A commercial bus carrying Cornell University students and alumni from Ithaca, New York, to New York City, veered off the highway in Pennsylvania over the weekend, killing one woman and injuring several others. The bus crash killed 33-year-old Rebecca Blanco of Vacaville, California. Ms. Blanco graduated with an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management last year, the Mercury News reported. According to Northeast Pennsylvania’s WNEP, the bus crash occurred shortly after 9 p.m. when the bus left the southbound lanes of I-380 near Moscow, Pennsylvania, in Covington County, a few miles south of Scranton near exit 20. ... Read More

NTSB: Biloxi Bus Crash Caused By Railroad, City Safety Failures

A deadly tour bus crash in Biloxi, Mississippi, that killed four people last year was likely caused by the failure of CSX Railroad and the City of Biloxi to address a railroad crossing they knew to be dangerous, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in its Aug. 7 preliminary report of the bus crash that nearly two dozen vehicles have become “grounded” at the crossing where the bus crash occurred last year, yet neither the city nor the railroad took action to correct the hazard. On March 17, 2017, a chartered bus operated by ECHO Transportation ... Read More

Mother Sues For Teen Injured in Alabama Bus Crash

The mother of a teen severely injured in a March 13 bus crash near Mobile, Alabama, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the charter bus company. The First Class Tours bus was transporting 46 passengers, mostly members of the Channelview High School band, home to the Houston area after a performance at Disney World when it plunged 50 feet down a ravine and flipped onto its side. The bus crash killed the bus driver and sent all of the 40 students and six adults to the hospital with injuries. According to the Houston Chronicle, the mother suing First Class ... Read More

Canada Mourns 15 Killed in Hockey Team Bus Crash

A Friday evening bus crash in Saskatchewan, Canada, killed 15 people, including several promising members of a junior hockey team. The bus crash occurred about 5 p.m. Friday north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, on SK-35 North. The bus was carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, coaches, and others to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) continue to investigate the crash and have not spoken of any potential causes. According to ABC 13 Houston, a tractor-trailer t-boned the bus. Video of the crash scene shows both vehicles rolled over on their sides. ... Read More

Bus Crash Kills One, Injures Dozens in South Alabama

A bus crash near the Alabama-Florida border killed the driver and sent 46 people, mostly Houston-area high school band members, to area hospitals Tuesday morning, several with serious injuries. The bus, operated by First Class Tours Inc., was carrying 40 students and six adults from Channelview High School back to Channelview, Texas, after a Saturday performance at a Disney World music festival. Channelview is just east of Houston. The bus crash killed driver Harry Caligone of Houston, who was employed by First Class Tours for more than 20 years. The Associated Press reported that Mr. Caligone had a clean driving ... Read More

Tractor-Trailers, Greyhound Crash on Kentucky Highway, Injuring 21

Nearly two dozen people were injured in a highway pileup in Kentucky Tuesday, Jan. 16, involving multiple vehicles, including two tractor-trailers and a Greyhound bus. Bowling Green, Kentucky’s WBKO Channel 13 reported that preliminary investigations found that winter weather conditions played a role in the accident, which occurred before 6 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-65 near Bonnieville, Kentucky. According to Kentucky State Troopers, a tractor-trailer driven by Kenith Miller, 54, of Tampa, Florida, was traveling on I-65 southbound when he struck a Kentucky Transportation Department Safety Patrol truck that was parked in the right emergency lane to assist ... Read More