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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

Tractor Trailer collision in Opelika leaves two drivers in critical condition

OPELIKA, Ala. – Opelika Police Department investigators are working to determine the cause of a crash that left two commercial truck drivers critically injured on U.S. Highway 280 Friday morning. A preliminary investigation determined that one tractor trailer has stopped at a red light in the eastbound lane of Highway 280 when another tractor trailer slammed into the back of it. Images of the crash scene show one truck belonging to Big M Transportation standing upright with a smashed-in cab while another 18-wheeler lies on its side amid heaps of tangled metal. The drivers of both trucks were airlifted to ... Read More

Tracy Morgan crash reignites efforts to preserve truck safety Hours-of-Service rules

The deadly crash involving a Walmart tractor trailer and several other vehicles that injured actor/comedian Tracy Morgan and others has triggered a backlash against Congressional efforts to relax Hours-of-Service rules mandating how many hours per day commercial truck drivers can work. Just two days before Saturday’s crash on the New Jersey turnpike, a Senate committee voted to suspend tougher hours-of-service regulations passed just last year. The tightened regulations were part of an effort to reverse a trend of escalating commercial truck crashes and fatalities that began in 2009, most of which are linked to driver fatigue. Opposition to the suspension ... Read More

Walmart driver faces criminal charges, lawsuit for crash that injured comedian, actor Tracy Morgan

A Walmart truck driver blamed for causing a New Jersey crash Saturday that killed one man and injured four others including actor/comedian Tracy Morgan faces multiple criminal charges in connection with the crash. Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Ga., was driving a Walmart tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike when his truck smashed into a limousine van carrying Mr. Morgan and other comedians. New Jersey State Police told the Associated Press Mr. Roper failed to notice traffic slowing in front of him and swerved to avoid a collision, causing him to slam into Mr. Morgan’s van, which flipped upside ... Read More

Seven killed in southwestern New Mexico pileup, tractor trailer rig fire on I-10

Authorities investigating a deadly multi-vehicle crash in southwestern New Mexico Friday that killed seven people and ignited a tractor trailer rig fire said that a violent storm system in the area may have contributed to the pileup. The crash occurred on I-10 ten miles east of the Arizona border at 5:30 p.m., about the same time high winds were reported across southern New Mexico. A storm of thick, blowing dust may have reduced visibility severely in the area of the crash. Some parts of southern New Mexico reported winds of more than 60 mph Friday. A witness who was traveling ... Read More

Tractor trailer collision on I-65 near Mobile kills one

Two tractor trailers collided on an I-65 bridge in South Alabama Thursday afternoon, igniting a giant fire and killing one of the truck drivers. Alabama Department of Transportation officials said that the northbound stretch of the W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge could remain closed through Sunday, potentially disrupting travel plans for thousands of motorists on the holiday weekend. The agency encouraged travelers to find alternate routes for holiday travel. The Wilson bridge spans the Mobile-Tensaw Delta near the town of Stockton in Mobile County and is known locally as the “Dolly Parton” bridge for its giant twin arches. The Alabama Department ... Read More

Truck driver in deadly California tour bus crash had safety violations, expired registration

The driver of a truck that spilled its load of metal pipes onto a California highway early Wednesday morning, killing four tour bus passengers and injuring several others, was operating with a blemished safety record and an expired registration, the Orange County Register reported Thursday. Driver Victor Esteban Galvan, the owner-operator of VG Transport, which he runs out of his Rialto, Calif., home, had hours-of-service violations for driving more than eight hours without taking a break and an expired medical certificate. Registration for the tractor trailer he was driving at the time of the crash had expired in January, according ... Read More