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Charter Bus Crash Kills Two, Injures Dozens in Virginia

A bus crash near Richmond, Virginia, killed two people and injured dozens of others, some critically, Tuesday morning when it overturned on an exit ramp. The charter bus, owned by Massachusetts-based Tao’s Travel, was traveling from Orlando, Florida, to New York City when it crashed about 5:30 p.m. just south of Richmond. There were 56 passengers on board plus the driver, whom authorities identified as Yui Man Chow, 40, of Staten Island, New York. The Virginia State Police said the driver was traveling at an excessive speed when he veered off a foggy exit ramp on Interstate 95 in King ... Read More

NTSB Suspects Thermos Caused Deadly NYC Bus Crash

Federal investigators said a metal thermos that fell on the floor of a charter bus probably caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, sending it crashing through a Queens, New York intersection at a high rate of speed and into another bus. The collision killed three people. Analyzing surveillance video, vehicle data, and other information collected from the deadly bus crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it couldn’t definitively say whether the dropped thermos jammed the gas and brake pedals, but said evidence supports that conclusion. On the morning of Sept. 18, 2017, the Dahlia Group ... Read More

Positive Train Control (PTC) Delayed on Metro-North for Another Two Years

Positive Train Control or PTC, the technology that can automatically slow trains in dangerous sections of track, will not be installed in the Metro-North rail system for another two years after federal regulators gave the railroad a deadline extension. Metro-North, the New York City-based commuter rail operated by New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), was supposed to have PTC up and running on all of its trains by Dec. 31, 2018. The rail says it has achieved critical benchmarks in its implementation of PTC technology across its 800 miles of track, but it needs more time to complete installation and ... Read More

ACS Translator May Sue NYC over House Call Stabbing Attack

A translator who was nearly stabbed to death on a New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) house call may file a personal injury lawsuit alleging the social worker she accompanied repeatedly stoked a tense situation until it turned violent. Anna Yuen, who translates Cantonese for Accurate Communication Inc., went to the home of Feng Quanyi, 61, in the Sunset Park district of Brooklyn Nov. 8 with an ACS social worker who was checking on the wellbeing of Quanyi’s two grandchildren following a report of neglect. Ms. Yuen and the ACS employee were following up with the family from ... Read More

Partial Building Collapse Injures Man in Harlem

New York City authorities are investigating a partial building collapse in Harlem that trapped and injured a man Thursday. The building collapse occurred at an old three-story church at 316 W. 135th Street just before noon on Nov. 29. Authorities said the church structure had been in a state of disrepair for a long time and was undergoing a planned, controlled demolition when the first floor suddenly collapsed into the basement. No workers were in the church at the time of the building collapse but a man on a motorcycle in the parking lot was covered with debris. The man ... Read More

Bus Driver Faces 33 Criminal Charges For Deadly Pennsylvania crash

A commercial bus driver faces 33 criminal charges in connection with a Pennsylvania bus crash that killed a 33-year-old Cornell graduate and injured a dozen others. Charles Dwight Dixon, 50, of Bronx, New York, was behind the wheel of the Big Red Bullet motor coach when it drove off the side of I-380 near Scranton and crashed in a wooded area. The impact killed Rebecca Blanco, a California transplant who last year graduated from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and lived in New York City. At least 14 people were on the bus at the time of the ... Read More

Penn Bus Crash Kills Cornell Graduate, Injures 12 others

A commercial bus carrying Cornell University students and alumni from Ithaca, New York, to New York City, veered off the highway in Pennsylvania over the weekend, killing one woman and injuring several others. The bus crash killed 33-year-old Rebecca Blanco of Vacaville, California. Ms. Blanco graduated with an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management last year, the Mercury News reported. According to Northeast Pennsylvania’s WNEP, the bus crash occurred shortly after 9 p.m. when the bus left the southbound lanes of I-380 near Moscow, Pennsylvania, in Covington County, a few miles south of Scranton near exit 20. ... Read More

Benzene vapors at gas stations 10 times higher than thought

Vapors released from gas station vent pipes are 10 times more toxic than previously thought, according to a study by environmental health researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, bringing into question the safety of schools, playgrounds and parks in close proximity to gas stations. Gasoline vapors contain numerous toxic chemicals, including the carcinogen benzene. Benzene exposure has been linked to blood cancers like acute myeloid leukemia (AML). For the study, gas flow meters were attached to venting pipes at two large gas stations – one each in the Midwest and Northwest – to gauge measurements over a ... Read More

20 Dead in Upstate NY Limo Crash at Notorious Intersection

A limo crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York Saturday occurred at an intersection that has seen a number of harrowing traffic accidents over the years, locals told reporters. All 18 people aboard the limousine were killed in the crash, including the driver, as well as two people who were standing in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie, New York, about 170 miles north of New York City. The crash occurred at a bustling time of the year when the area receives thousands of visitors who make their way to the area to ... Read More

Delta Plane Blows Tires On Emergency Landing at JFK

A Delta Air Lines jet that departed New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport Monday evening for Paris, France, made an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City after turning around amid a system failure. Delta Flight 20 was in the air for about an hour and a half before it experienced a hydraulic failure – a potentially critical error that can diminish an aircraft’s ability to fly. Officials investigating the failure did not say how severe the hydraulic failure was, but it caused the Delta airplane to slam onto the runway at JFK and blow ... Read More