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Virginia Bus Crash Kills One Chinese Tourist, Injures 15 others

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a deadly shuttle bus crash in Virginia last week that left a Chinese tourist dead and 15 others injured, including three critically. The bus rolled over after leaving the roadway, trapping some passengers underneath and inside the bus. The crash occurred about 5 p.m. June 14 on the George Washington Parkway near the first President’s Mount Vernon estate. Investigators said the bus, which was hauling about 18 people including the driver, crashed head-on with another smaller vehicle. They have not said what specifically happened or who may have been at fault. Citing the ... Read More

Eight Passengers Killed, 44 Injured in South Texas Charter Bus Crash

Federal investigators arrived at the scene of a deadly charter bus crash near Laredo, Texas, over the weekend. The single-vehicle crash left at least eight people dead and 44 injured, making it the deadliest crash to occur in Texas in years. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent officials to the crash site Sunday to head an investigation. Webb County officials told the press that that the rollover crash occurred around 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon local time on U.S. Highway 83 about 46 miles north of Laredo and eight miles north of the Mexican border. The charter bus, owned and ... Read More

Fatal Commercial Truck and Bus Crashes Decreased In 2014, FMCSA Reports

The number of fatal crashes involving tractor trailers, buses, and other large commercial trucks fell to 3,978 in 2014, marking a 5 percent drop from 2013, according to a new report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The numbers, though still high, come as welcome news because they also represent a reversal of the upward trend in traffic deaths involving large trucks and buses, which soared 20 percent between 2009 and 2013. According to the FMCSA report, the number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks and buses fell from 4,278 in 2013 to 4,161 in 2014 – ... Read More

Four Injured in Greyhound Bus Crash In South Alabama

Four passengers were injured in a Greyhound bus crash when the vehicle veered off Highway 84 and overturned in a ditch just east of Daleville, Ala., Thursday afternoon. The Greyhound bus was traveling west between Dothan and Mobile when it skidded and crashed near the Choctawhatchee Bridge shortly before 4 p.m., authorities said. A Daleville Department of Public Safety official told The Southeast Sun of Enterprise that the four injured passengers were taken to Dothan hospitals, some with critical injuries, adding that some of the passengers were “pretty banged up.” Although the nature and extent of the injuries hasn’t been disclosed, Daleville officials ... Read More

Alabama Bus Company, Three Other Carriers Shut Down In National Safety Sweep

Federal authorities revoked the operating licenses of a Homewood, Ala.-based passenger bus company and three other commercial carriers in a multi-state strike force sweep, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said Monday. The agency said that each of the four bus companies willfully failed to comply with federal safety regulations by intentionally providing authorities with a misleading or false physical address as its principal place of business, which in the commercial transportation industry often means the companies are hiding from past offenses. Federal safety regulations mandate that every registered motor carrier provide a physical address where the principal place ... Read More

Commercial truck safety improvements slow to become law despite rise in crashes

Two high-profile commercial truck crashes this year have re-ignited calls for new rules that would enhance highway safety for tractor trailers, but federal regulators have been slow to act, Bloomberg reports. On June 17, 30 Rock star and Saturday Night Live veteran Tracy Morgan was critically injured when an allegedly fatigued Walmart driver plowed his tractor trailer into Mr. Morgan’s limo van. In addition to injuring Mr. Morgan, the collision killed comedian James McNair and critically injured three others. Then on Sept. 26, a tractor trailer driving north on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma ran across the median into the southbound ... Read More

Two lawsuits filed against truck carrier and driver over deadly college bus crash

One wrongful-death and one personal-injury lawsuit have been filed against a commercial trucking company and driver in the wake of a tragic Sept. 26 crash that killed four members of a college softball team and injured a dozen others in Oklahoma. On Tuesday, the parents of 20-year-old Brooke Deckard filed a lawsuit in Tarrant County against Nashville, Tenn.-based Quickway Carriers and driver Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas. Brooke was one of the four members of the North Central Texas College women’s softball team killed when Mr. Staley’s truck crossed the median on Interstate 35 and struck the team’s bus ... Read More

Tractor trailer, bus crash kills four college softball players in Texas

Four college softball players are dead and at least 15 others injured after a tractor trailer veered across the median of a Texas interstate Friday and collided with a bus carrying the North Central Texas College women’s softball team. The crash occurred on Interstate 35 near the Oklahoma-Texas border around 9 p.m. Friday as the bus was headed back to Gainesville, Texas, after a scrimmage against Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. Oklahoma authorities investigating the crash told the Associated Press that “right now, it’s being investigated like a homicide.” “Something happened to cause [the tractor trailer] to depart the ... Read More

Pittsburgh bus drivers reportedly “goofing off” before rollover crash

Pittsburgh authorities are investigating two Port Authority of Allegheny County bus drivers after one of the port’s buses careened off Interstate 279 and tumbled down a steep hillside onto a residential street, critically injuring the driver Monday afternoon. According to WTAE Pittsburgh, “the transit agency said the drivers were ‘gesturing’ to each other and swerving while goofing off just before the crash …” The Port Authority also said the drivers were driving “in a reckless manner” when the crash occurred. The bus driver who did not crash pulled over and got out of his bus when he saw the other ... Read More

Tour bus crash kills two, injures dozens more in Delaware

Two women are dead and 48 others injured, some critically, after a New York City-based tour bus on its way to Washington D.C. crashed and rolled over on U.S. 13 in Delaware Sunday afternoon. Authorities responding to the crash said that none of the 50 people aboard the AM USA Express bus escaped injury. Delaware State Police said Idil Bahsi, 30, of Istanbul, Turkey, died last Sunday at a Wilmington hospital. The other fatality was Hua’y Chen, 54, of New York City, who was pronounced dead at the scene after being pinned underneath the overturned bus. The crash injured three ... Read More