Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Another New York Tour Bus Crash
CBS New York: There’s been another bus crash, this time is Rockland County.
A New York Trailways bus bound for New York City was involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer near Exit 15A on the Thruway. The accident occurred at around 5:35 a.m. just past a service area. The bus rear-ended the truck. The bus driver’s cabin was pretty well smashed up, along with the front left corner and side of the bus.
There were 17 people were on board the bus. Six people were injured, though none of the injuries are considered to be life threatening. The 11 uninjured passengers were transferred to another bus and continued to New York City.
A recent spate of tour bus crashes has caught the attention of lawmakers, who have been working to improve safety conditions.
In July, a fiery bus crash between a tractor-trailer and a tour bus in Waterloo killed driver Timothy Hume and injured at least 30 people.
In March, 15 people were killed in the Bronx when a tour bus headed to Chinatown from a casino in Connecticut overturned and slammed into a poll, peeling off its roof.
Four people were killed in May when a Sky Express operated bus returning to Chinatown from North Carolina swerved off the road and overturned on I-95 in Virginia. The driver of that bus, 37-year-old Kin Yiu Cheung, is charged with four felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving. He has pleaded not guilty.
Then in June, police said a bus carrying tourists headed to Flushing, Queens, rear-ended a flatbed tractor-trailer on the Pennsylvania Turnpike killing the bus driver and injuring nearly two dozen passengers.