Only two miles from the spot where 15 casino-bound passengers were killed last year in a bus accident, another accident occurred this week. This time, fortunately, no one was killed. Instead, the accident resulted in 24 people being sent to local hospitals for injuries.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the bus was headed home to Chinatown in Queens from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. It was on Interstate 95 northbound when it struck a median and crossed three lanes of traffic, sliding about 500 feet before coming to a stop.
The driver of the bus may have been driving too fast for wet conditions, reported a trooper with the New York State Police. Charges have not been filed, but an investigation is proceeding.
Twenty-four people were on board, including the driver, who was the most seriously injured. He, apparently, was ejected from the bus. None of the other passengers had “serious injuries,” according to reports.
Just a year ago, a similar bus accident ended far more tragically, when a bus full of casino-goers flipped on its side and had the roof sheared off by a sign. In that accident, 15 people were killed. The company who owned that bus has since been shut down.
Star Tag bus line, the company responsible for the bus in this latest accident, has reportedly received four citations for unsafe driving in the past two years. Also, each inspection on file has resulted in vehicle maintenance violations. While these types of violations are not rare, any maintenance violations could result in unsafe conditions for passengers.
From the Wall Street Journal:
The crash comes about a month after government safety officials swooped down on more than two dozen curbside bus operations that mostly ferry passengers in the busy East Coast transportation corridor, closing them for safety violations in the largest single federal crackdown on the industry.
The crackdown was prompted by fatal accidents in New Jersey and Virginia last spring and the March 2011 New York crash, in which the bus flipped onto its side and struck a pole.
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