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Canadian passengers injured in N.Y. bus crash file personal-injury lawsuit in U.S.

A group of Canadian tourists who were injured in a July 18 bus crash near Rochester, N.Y. are suing the Quebec-based bus operator and tour company in the U.S. Lawyers involved in the case told the Toronto Sun that plaintiffs were likely to receive fairer compensation through the U.S. court system than they would by filing their lawsuit in Canada, where $326,000 is the most in damages they can expect to see from a case. The tour bus, owned by Fleur de Lys, was subcontracted by JaimonVoyage.com to take a group of 56 passengers from Quebec to New York City. ... Read More

40 people injured in two San Francisco municipal transport crashes

Two separate municipal transit crashes occurred within minutes of each other in San Francisco Friday, injuring 40 people and sending more than 20 to the hospital, some with serious injuries. The first crash happened at 1:29 p.m. in the Japantown section and involved a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus and two dump trucks. Bay City News reports the “Muni” bus was traveling behind a dump truck that slammed on its brakes, causing the bus driver to brake and swerve in an effort to avoid a collision. Instead, the bus slammed into another dump truck on the road. The collision shattered ... Read More

Most victims in charter bus/FedEx collision died of smoke inhalation

Seven of the 10 people who died in a fiery bus California bus crash in April survived the crash initially but then died of smoke inhalation, the Coroner of Glenn County, Calif., found. The April 10 crash occurred in the Northern California city of Orland when a FedEx truck veered off the highway and collided with a charter bus full of college-bound students. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators said the FedEx truck was traveling south on Interstate 5 when it veered left and crossed a 58-foot-wide median before entering oncoming traffic. The FedEx truck swiped a Nissan sedan with ... Read More

Mother sues bus company, driver for striking and killing Portland teen in crosswalk

The mother of a Vancouver, Wash., teen who was killed when she was hit by a charter bus in Portland, Ore., last month is suing the bus driver and his employer, claiming excessive work, fatigue, and carelessness played a role in the girl’s death. Monserrat Hernandez Garcia, 18, was “just three days away from graduating high school” when “this preventable bus crash took her life,” an attorney for the teen’s mother, Maria Del Carmen Hernandez, told Vancouver, Washington’s The Columbian. On June 8, Ms. Hernandez Garcia was walking to her job at Bridgeport Brewing in Portland’s Pearl District just before ... Read More

Yellowstone tour bus crash injures 26 passengers and driver

Three tourists injured when a commercial tour bus flipped in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., en route to Yellowstone National Park on Thursday remain in the hospital. Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers investigating the crash say the driver of the bus may have run off the pavement and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to flip on its side. The bus overturned and slid perpendicular across both lanes of Highway 89/287 north of Colter Bay Village on Jackson Lake before coming to a stop. No other vehicles were involved. All 26 tourists on the bus, most of them from China, were injured in ... Read More

Tracy Morgan sues Walmart over crash injuries

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart seeking a jury trial and damages for injuries stemming from a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike last month that left him critically injured. Mr. Morgan was riding back to New York in a limousine van after performing in Delaware when a tractor trailer owned and operated by the retail giant slammed his vehicle from behind. Mr. Morgan was one of three passengers critically injured in the June 7 crash in Cranbury Township, N.J. His friend and mentor James McNair, who performed under the name “Jimmy Mack,” died at the scene. ... Read More

Minneapolis transit driver suffers medical emergency, loses control of bus

A Minneapolis municipal bus driver who collapsed suddenly behind the wheel of a Metro Transit bus last week has sparked more debate on the physical fitness requirements for drivers at the helm of passenger buses. The Hennepin County, Minn., medical examiner’s office found that driver John L. Senior Jr., 58, “suffered a sudden collapse,” according to the StarTribune, causing him to lose control of the bus. Mr. Senior later died of natural causes. WCCO reported that there were less than a dozen passengers on the bus when it careened onto a downtown sidewalk, running over garbage cans, hitting lamp posts, ... Read More

Passengers injured in Colorado bus crash sue transit agency, tractor owner

Nine passengers who were injured in a public transit bus crash last October in El Jebel, Colo., have filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the bus operator, driver, and other parties involved in the crash seeking compensation for damages and a jury trial. According to the Aspen Times, the plaintiffs were riding a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) bus on Highway 82 from Aspen Oct. 26 when the crash occurred. The Colorado State Patrol investigated the incident and reported that the bus skidded and slammed into a concrete barrier on the right shoulder after the driver swerved to avoid a slow-moving ... Read More

Federal regulators shutter Minnesota charter bus company amid safety crackdown

Federal regulators have shut down a Minnesota-based bus company as part of a national crackdown on dangerous bus companies, saying the motorcoach company’s operating practices presented an “imminent hazard to the public.” In a 16-page report, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said On Eagles Wings Charters of Lakeville, Minn., cited defects in the company’s 10-bus fleet, as well as the company’s failure to ensure its buses are systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained. According to FMCSA, a recent inspection of five company buses ready for dispatch resulted in four being pulled from service immediately. “In all, 40 separate safety ... Read More

Walmart driver that struck Tracy Morgan’s van was speeding, NTSB finds

The Walmart truck driver who crashed into the back of comedian Tracy Morgan’s limo van was speeding 20 mph over the limit and was near the maximum daily driving limit set by federal hours-of-service rules when the crash occurred, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a preliminary report. NTSB investigators are also looking into whether driver Kevin Roper, 45, had been awake for more than 24 hours as a criminal complaint filed by New Jersey police stated. The crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in the early morning hours of June 7 as Mr. Morgan, his assistant, ... Read More