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Deadly Virginia bus crash prompts major change in federal enforcement

Another deadly discount bus crash that killed four people and injured 50 others in Virginia Tuesday morning evoked strong words from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who vowed to change the way motor coach companies are able to appeal the federal government’s decision to shut them down. The bus that sparked this latest crackdown was traveling northbound on I-95 in Virginia early Tuesday morning when it crashed. The bus, owned and operated by Sky Express, had departed from Greensboro, N.C., and was bound for New York City’s Chinatown in when it hit an embankment and flipped over about 30 miles ... Read More

Dozens of commercial drivers arrested, hundreds ticketed in NY sting operations

Apparently commercial drivers who obtain a license under a different name after their legitimate one was suspended aren’t a rare breed, at least in New York state. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the latest and most sweeping crackdown on commercial drivers – a sting prompted by the horrific Bronx bus crash in March that killed 15 people – has resulted in removing 173 drivers commercial drivers from the roads, including 46 arrests. Nearly 2,000 roadside inspections in recent days pulled drivers of tour buses, New York City MTA buses, taxi cabs, and other commercial vehicles off the road. ... Read More

NYC police arrest tour bus driver for pedestrian’s death

A Philadelphia man is dead after being struck by a tour bus in a New York City crosswalk, and the driver of the bus has been charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter. The tour bus was carrying about 40 tourists on a sightseeing excursion back to their hotels in Newark, New Jersey, when the incident occurred just before 10 p.m. Saturday night. Authorities said that the bus was turning left onto Ninth Ave. from 47th Street when the rear of vehicle struck Timothy White, 29, dragging him for several yards before a witness was able to flag the ... Read More

Three bus crashes prompt NTSB to investigate commercial bus industry

The tragic bus crash that killed 15 people and injured 18 others on I-95 in the Bronx last month received such widespread media coverage that it largely eclipsed news of two other commercial bus crashes that occurred last month in the same region. One crash on the New Jersey Turnpike killed two people just two days after the New York Crash, while another on I-93 in New Hampshire injured 23 passengers on March 23. The bus that crashed in Pennsylvania was operated by Super Luxury Tours of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and was traveling south from New York City’s Chinatown to Philadelphia. ... Read More

Two Bronx bus crash survivors sue, driver said to be speeding excessively

The driver of the World Wide Tours bus that crashed on I-95 in the Bronx March 12 was driving nearly 80 mph on the 55-mph interstate, transportation authorities said. The violent crash occurred when Ophadell Williams, the bus driver, lost control of the vehicle and toppled it, sliding on its side into a road sign. The signposts tore the roof completely off at the window line, killing 15 passengers and injuring many of the 17 others on the bus. Two of the crash survivors, Yuke Chue Lo, 74, and Erold Jean Marie, 53, have filed lawsuits against Mr. Williams and ... Read More

Father of NYC firefighter killed on the job says he will boycott trial

The father of a firefighter killed in a New York City high rise inferno says he plans to boycott the forthcoming trial of the men the District Attorney’s office blames for the deaths. Firefighters Joseph Graffagnino Jr., 33, of Brooklyn, and Robert Beddia, 53, of Staten Island, died while fighting a fire that broke out in the Deutsche Bank building, which had been heavily damaged in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and vacated. Deconstruction of the 41-story bank building began in March 2007 and continued until a fire broke out on the 17th story on August 18 ... Read More

Authorities suspend bus driver’s license after deadly bus crash

New York’s Department of Transportation has suspended the commercial driver’s license of Ophadell Williams, the driver of the bus that crashed in New York City’s Bronx borough, killing 15 people. The horrific crash has also prompted state regulators to take further actions in an effort to correct the safety standards of commercial passenger bus companies, which some critics say are too lax. Mr. Williams drove a regular circuit between New York’s Chinatown and the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, for World Wide Tours. His bus was returning from the casino and was nearly at its destination when it crashed ... Read More

Deadly Bronx bus crash fans regulatory debates

The horrific bus crash that left 15 passengers dead on a highway in the Bronx has re-ignited questions over whether federal safety regulations are sufficient and what additional measures, if any, can be taken to help prevent similar crashes from occurring in the future. The crash occurred about 5:30 am on Saturday as the bus was traveling east on I-95 en route from the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut to New York City’s Chinatown, where the passengers live and work. Witnesses, including passengers, told investigators they feared the driver was falling asleep behind the wheel or that something was distracting ... Read More

Survivors of horrific NY bus crash feared driver was falling asleep or distracted

A horrific bus crash that claimed the lives of 15 people and injured several others may have been caused by fatigue or distraction, some passengers and other witnesses have told authorities. The bus, owned and operated by World Wide Tours of Brooklyn, New York, was traveling east on I-95 with 31 passengers when it swerved off the interstate and crashed about 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The crash killed 14 people on the scene. A 15th passenger died from his injuries this morning, while three others remain on life support. Several others remain in St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx where they ... Read More

Unqualified x-ray technologists commonly blast patients with dangerous radiation doses

The New York Times published a disturbing report Monday that calls the safety of x-ray machines into question, not just for the amount of radiation they expose patients to, but because often the technicians running these powerful machines don’t know how to use them properly. As a consequence, millions of patients receiving routine x-rays may be getting hazardous doses of radiation as well. To his absolute horror, Dr. Salvatore J. A. Sclafani, who heads a department at the State University of New York Downtown Medical Center in Brooklyn, discovered that many newborn babies who were to receive simple chest x-rays ... Read More