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Biloxi Bus Crash Lawsuit Alleges CSX freight Train Had Ample Time To Stop

Fifteen passengers of a Texas tour bus struck by a CSX freight train in Biloxi, Mississippi, last month have joined a lawsuit along with some of their family members against the railroad company seeking $250 million in damages. The Biloxi bus crash lawsuit, filed in Harris County state court in Houston, claims that the conductor of the CSX train had more than adequate time to bring the freight train to a stop when he became aware of the bus straddling the tracks. The Texas tour bus was carrying 46 people from the Austin, Texas, area, most of them members of ... Read More

First Lawsuits Filed in Wake of Deadly Biloxi Bus Crash

Four lawsuits have been filed as of March 14 in connection to the collision of a tour bus and freight train in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Austin Statesman reports. Two of the lawsuits were filed by family members of Peggy Hoffman and Kenneth Hoffman, a couple who died at the scene of the March 7 crash. Two additional lawsuits have been filed by five surviving passengers of the collision. The crash happened when a tour bus carrying mostly seniors from the Bastrop Senior Center near Austin became stuck on the tracks at a railroad crossing in downtown Biloxi. By the time ... 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

Four Dead, Several Injured After Train Collides With Tour Bus in Biloxi

At least four bus passengers were killed when a CSX freight train barreled into a casino-bound bus from Texas that reportedly became stuck on a railroad track in Biloxi, Mississippi, Tuesday afternoon. Dozens more people were injured, some critically. The Biloxi SunHerald reported that the charter bus was carrying 46 people from the Austin, Texas, area on a six-day tour of the Gulf Coast. The tour bus was scheduled to stop at a Biloxi casino before continuing west to New Orleans when it got stuck on the tracks at Main Street around 2:10 p.m. Most of the passengers are residents ... 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

FMCSA Announces New National Standards For Commercial Driver Training

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a new rule establishing minimum training standards for all entry-level commercial drivers seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or certain endorsements requiring special skills and additional training. CDL requirements can vary slightly from state to state, underscoring the need for more uniform federal standards because commercial trucks and buses seldom operate within the borders of a single state. The FMCSA also said the new rule, which goes into effect Feb. 6, 2017, establishes minimum standards for commercial driving schools. According to the FMCSA, the CDL training requirements not only ... 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

School Bus Driver In Deadly Baltimore Crash Lacked Valid License

The driver of a Baltimore school bus that collided head-on with a commuter bus last week, killing six and injuring 11 others, did not have a valid commercial driver’s license, investigators said. Glenn Chappell was driving a school bus for Baltimore City Public Schools Nov. 1 when for unknown reasons the vehicle rammed the back of a Ford Mustang, struck a cement pillar, and veered into the oncoming lane where it collided with a Maryland Transit Administration bus. The collision killed the drivers of both buses and four of the commuter bus passengers. Eleven others were hospitalized with crash injuries ranging ... 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