Tour bus crash injures 24 people of Fourth of July

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Jul 07, 2012 in Personal Injury

A tour bus taking passengers home after a night of gambling crashed in the early hours of the Fourth of July. Neither passengers nor the driver sustained life-threatening injuries, but the crash brought back memories of last year's fatal accident along the same stretch of Interstate 95.

Authorities reported that the 24 passengers were transported to area hospitals. The driver was the most seriously injured; he was thrown from the vehicle in the crash. Most of the passengers had minor injuries.

The roads were wet, according to police, when the tour bus struck the center median. The vehicle crossed three lanes of traffic, hit the outer barrier and slid approximately 500 feet before it came to a stop. The horrific March 2011 crash that killed 15 passengers and left others with catastrophic injuries had occurred just two miles up the road from Wednesday's accident.

The bus company's record includes four citations for unsafe driving between 2010 and 2012. Inspectors have consistently cited the company for vehicle maintenance violations, as well. U.S. Department of Transportation records also show that one of the company's buses was caught speeding -- 15 miles over the limit -- just a few weeks ago.

Also in the last few weeks, federal safety agencies closed more than two dozen bus companies that operate overnight casino junkets and other trips at a discount. The action was the largest federal crackdown on tour bus companies to date. Not surprisingly, the March 2011 crash and two subsequent crashes were motivating factors for the agencies' enforcement efforts.

Police have not filed criminal charges against the driver in this week's accident.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Tour bus crash north of NYC sends 24 to hospital" Associated Press, July 4, 2012

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