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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

North Carolina church bus crash victims sue tire maker over alleged tire defect, blowout

Survivors of a North Carolina church bus crash joined family members of those killed in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the tire that is alleged to have caused the crash and the estate of the bus driver, who was also killed. The lawsuit, filed last week in Iredell County Superior Court, alleges that Hankook Tire Co., which made the front left tire that blew out and caused the driver to lose control, is to blame because it “knew or should have known … that the subject tire’s design and/or manufacture resulted in a defective product which exposed vehicle occupants ... Read More

Airport shuttle bus crash injures 15 at Chicago’s O’Hare International

CHICAGO, Ill. – A shuttle bus transporting passengers to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport drove into a concrete divider Friday morning, pinning the driver inside and injuring 15 passengers. The bus had just picked up passengers from a nearby parking lot around 6:30 a.m. and was transporting them to the departing flight concourse when it struck the concrete lane barrier separating the lanes for arriving and departing flights. The bus also struck a guardrail, which ripped into the bus about five feet, nearly sheering it in half. A Chicago fireman who was on his way to the airport that morning and ... Read More

Federal regulators propose new rollover safety standards for commercial buses

A new federal safety standard proposed by U.S. safety regulators would reduce the risk of passengers being ejected from commercial buses during rollover crashes and improve survivability in bus crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed the rule in an effort to reduce the number of commercial bus crash passengers and drivers are killed and injured each year. In 2012, the most recent year with complete crash data, there were 54,000 bus crashes on U.S. roads and highways. These bus crashes killed 250 people and injured 12,000 others. More current incomplete data indicates these numbers are steadily climbing ... Read More

Former Tennessee Titan Tim Shaw takes Ice Bucket Challenge, reveals he has ALS

Former Tennessee Titans football player Tim Shaw revealed this week in a video posted to the Titans website that he has the fatal neurodegenerative disease ALS for which thousands of people are taking the so-called Ice Bucket Challenge. During the video, the former linebacker and team captain dumped a Gatorade bucket full of ice water over his own head and challenged the Titans organization, the Penn State football team, coach James Franklin, and his community in Clarenceville, Mich., to do the same. “I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against the disease,” said the 30-year-old ... Read More

Seven passengers injured after bus driver suffers heart attack behind the wheel

Seven employees of an Alaskan seafood company were injured Sunday morning after the driver of a company bus they were riding in suffered a heart attack and lost consciousness, causing him to crash into a tree. Alaska State Troopers said the driver, 59-year-old Stephen Battershall of Sterling, Alaska, died at the scene of natural causes. The seven injured passengers were taken to Central Peninsula Hospital in Kenai for treatment. Their injuries, though not specified, were deemed to be non-life-threatening. The bus belonged to Snug Harbor Seafoods, a Kenai-based purveyor of fresh and frozen salmon and other Alaskan seafood. It was ... Read More