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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

Mechanical failure eyed as cause of N.Y. bus crash that killed teen river guide

New York State Police investigating the cause of a bus crash that killed a 15-year-old employee of a river tubing company Saturday afternoon say that a mechanical failure may be to blame. Hunter Scofield, a National Honor Society student who would have been a high school junior in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., this fall, was thrown from a bus owned and operated by his employer, Tubby Tubes Co. of Lake Luzerne. He died at the scene. The 77-year-old driver of the bus told police that the brakes on the bus had failed as he slowed down to make a turn on ... 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

Deadly Mississippi ambulance crash underscores dangers for emergency workers

Police investigating a deadly collision between an ambulance and a tractor trailer June 24 in southeastern Mississippi say the crash occurred when the emergency vehicle attempted to pass two 18-wheelers. The crash killed the two-man ambulance crew at the scene. According to Mississippi Highway Patrol officials, an ASAP ambulance traveling north on Highway 63 in Greene County while responding to an emergency call came up behind two semi trucks. The ambulance crew had activated the vehicle’s red lights but had not initialized the siren when they attempted to pass the trucks on the left. The ambulance cleared the first truck ... 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

Family of student killed in FedEx truck crash file wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a California student who was killed in April when a FedEx truck struck the charter bus he was a passenger on has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the express mail company. The lawsuit, filed by the family of 18-year-old Ismael Jimenez in Los Angeles County, is the latest lawsuit to be filed in the wake of the fiery April 10 bus crash, which left 10 people dead. Mr. Jimenez, an aspiring artist from Los Angeles, was on a charter bus trip taking students on a weekend tour to Humboldt University in Arcata, Calif. He was among ... Read More