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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

Greyhound Bus Crash Kills Girl, Injures 12 Others in Utah

A Greyhound bus veered off the shoulder of I-70 in Utah late New Year’s Eve, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring a dozen others, including three in serious condition. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are on their way to the scene of the Greyhound bus crash in Emery County in the central part of Utah. The Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release that the Greyhound bus was traveling west on Interstate 70 to Las Vegas when it careened off the highway about 11 p.m. Sunday. “The bus traveled into a steep wash and came to rest approximately ... Read More

Commercial Drivers Using Seatbelts At Record-High Rates

Seatbelt usage among commercial truck and bus drivers is at an all-time high, according to a recent survey of nearly 40,000 drivers of tractor trailers, motor coaches, and other commercial vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that 86 percent of commercial truck and bus drivers reported using their seatbelt in 2016 – up more than 20 percent since 2007, when just 65 percent reported using their seatbelts. Since 2007, the FMCSA has collaborated with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to conduct an annual Safety Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Survey. Safety belt usage ... Read More

Dahlia Bus Driver In Deadly Queens Crash Was Operating Illegally

Motorists along the I-95 corridor in New York and Connecticut are urging authorities to revoke the operating license of Dahlia Travel and Tours, a Flushing, Queens, New York bus company that was behind a Sept. 18 crash that left three people dead. “If you travel I-95 to Connecticut, you’re probably no stranger to the Dahlia buses, famous for careening along the Interstate as if the only thing that mattered in the world was dropping their load of gamblers at a casino and then scurrying back to Flushing to get more,” the New York Daily News observed in a scathing report about ... Read More

Bus Safety Impeded By Outdated Federal Regulations

After a Dahlia tour bus plowed into a New York City bus in Flushing, Queens last week, killing three people and injuring several others, elected officials and others demanded more oversight of privately owned low-fare buses that have proliferated in the Northeastern Corridor over the past decade. But it wasn’t the first time a horrific bus crash triggered calls for better regulatory scrutiny, and it likely won’t be the last time because there is little states and cities can do to combat the budget bus problem. Before the deadly Sept. 18 bus crash in Queens, which remains under investigation, Dahlia ... Read More

Carnage, destruction after Tour Bus crashes into city bus in Queens

A tour bus speeding through New York City streets crashed into a city bus Monday morning, killing three people and injuring 16 others. “We’ve had a really tragic morning here in Flushing, Queens,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told the press. “It’s just shocking to see the scene over there. Hard to compare it to anything I’ve ever seen — the sheer destruction from the impact of the collision.” Authorities have just started an investigation of the bus crash, but evidence shows that “an enormous amount of speed” contributed to the accident, the Associated Press reported, citing Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman ... Read More

Electronic Logging Device Rule For Commercial Vehicles Takes Effect in 7 Months

A federal rule mandating electronic logging devices goes into effect on December 18, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reminded commercial trucking firms and truck drivers and commercial bus operators Thursday. While most commercial tractor-trailers and commercial buses and other vehicles will be subject to the new rule requiring electronic logging devices (also known as ELDs), there are some exceptions, According to the FMCSA, the following drivers and vehicles are exempted from the rule: Drivers who operate under the short-haul exceptions may continue using timecards; they are not required to keep records of duty status and will not ... Read More

Bus Crash in Maryland Injures 25, Mostly Students on DC Trip

Police in Maryland are investigating a commercial bus crash on Interstate 95 that injured 25 people, mostly middle school students from Philadelphia, Monday, May 15. The Baltimore Sun reports that a charter bus owned and operated by Werner Bus Lines, doing business as Werner Coach, was carrying 26 students and two teachers from Charles W. Henry School in Philadelphia, plus one parent and the bus driver to Washington D.C. for an educational tour of the city. The bus was traveling in the middle lane when a Honda Civic entered the fast lane to pass the bus and for unknown reasons ... 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

NHTSA: Deadly Greyhound bus crash result of Improperly Marked Highway Lanes

A federal investigation into a deadly Greyhound bus crash in San Jose, California, last year found that improperly marked highway lanes caused the accident, which killed two passengers and injured 13 others. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) failed to mark the stretch of U.S. Highway 101 where the crash occurred with reflective warning markers, causing the bus driver to think that he was in the proper lane to connect to Highway 85 when he was actually driving toward a concrete barrier. The crash occurred on Jan. 19, 2016, around 6:30 in ... Read More