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Six Dead, Ten Injured After School Bus Hits Baltimore City Bus

A school bus collided head-on with a Baltimore commuter bus Tuesday morning, killing six people and injuring 10 others, some critically. Baltimore law enforcement authorities say that a school bus carrying the driver and an aide was about to pick up its first student sometime after 6:30 a.m. when for unknown reasons it went out of control. The school bus rammed the back of a Ford Mustang and struck a cement pillar at the entrance to Loudon Park Cemetery before veering into the wrong lane and collided head-on with a Maryland Transit Administration bus. The impact killed five of the ... Read More

Feds Warn Commercial Drivers About Samsung Note 7 Risks

Samsung may have killed production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones over their insurmountable safety defects, but concern over the potential disaster posed by the recalled phones remaining in use lives on. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a safety advisory warning drivers of tractor-trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles about the risks of driving with portable electronic devices containing damaged, defective, or recalled lithium-ion batteries, including Samsung Note 7 smartphones. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the lithium-ion battery in the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and burst into flames, posing a serious ... Read More

Seven Injured When Texas Bus Rams Tractor Trailer; Bus Driver Could Be Cited

At least seven passengers on a commercial bus were injured Wednesday evening when the vehicle they were traveling in slammed into the back of a tractor trailer near Houston, Texas. The bus, operated by Houston-based company Los Chaves Autobuses, was headed to San Luis Potosi, Mexico, when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle on Highway 59 in Beasley, Texas, “The bus driver noticed something strange with the bus,” Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Carl Currie told KPRC Channel 2 News Houston. “He started to lose control and ran into the back end of the 18-wheeler.” Investigators ... 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

Injured Football Players Sue Church After Fatal Bus Crash

A dozen passengers injured in a bus crash last month near Hamlet, N.C., are suing the South Carolina church that owned and operated the bus. A lawyer representing members and coaches of the Ramah Junior College (Ramah JuCo) football team told WCNC Charlotte that Sandy River Baptist Church of Chester, S.C., failed to do what it should have done to keep the passengers safe. The charter bus was carrying 50 Ramah JuCo football players and coaches to its first-ever game in Fayetteville, N.C., Sept. 17 when it blew a tire, causing driver Brian Kirkpatrick, 43, to lose control. The bus ... Read More

Tour Bus That Crashed Near Yosemite, Killing One Passenger, Was Traveling Too Fast

A tour bus carrying tourists to Fresno from Yosemite National Park crashed into a tree Saturday evening near Oakhurst, Calif., killing one passenger and injuring 11 others. The California Highway Patrol said the Line Charter bus was traveling on Highway 41 down the mountain toward Oakhurst when the driver entered a curve at an excessive speed, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The bus veered off the road and struck a tree with its right side, then came to rest on its wheels. The crash occurred near the little village of Fish Creek inside the National Park around ... 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

Florida Bus and Truck Company Ordered Out of Service After Deadly Crash

Federal authorities have barred a Florida bus and truck company from operating any further after an investigation of a recent fatal crash turned up numerous safety violations that “pose an imminent hazard to public safety.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) served Billy R. Evans Harvesting of Belle Glade, Fla., with the order to cease operations on July 29. The company operates a dozen passenger buses used to transport agricultural workers and six trucks for hauling produce from fields to processing plants. On July 2, 2016, a passenger bus operated by Billy R. Evans Harvesting failed to stop at ... 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

Driver Fired in retaliation For Refusing To Drive Unsafe Tour Bus Gets Back Pay, Damages

Federal authorities have ordered a Boulder, Colorado-based tour bus company to compensate a former bus driver that it allegedly fired in retaliation for refusing to drive an unsafe bus. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said Billy Banjo’s Bus Tours violated whistleblower protections guaranteed by the federal Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) by retaliating against a driver for raising valid concerns about the safety of a company vehicle. The STAA’s whistleblower provisions are intended to shield workers who raise concerns about commercial motor vehicle safety or security or refuse to operate an unsafe vehicle from retaliation. An investigation ... Read More