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California Bus Accident Kills One, Injures 30

By Brian Chase on November 24, 2014 - No comments

CA Bus Accident kills one - victims entitled to compensationA 33-year-old passenger was killed and at least 30 others were injured in a tour bus accident in California early morning on November 23, 2014. According to a news report in The Sacramento Bee, the fatal crash occurred when a tour bus bound from Los Angeles to Washington State drifted off the Interstate 5 and crashed onto its roof north of Shasta Lake near Pollard Flat. One male passenger, 33, was killed. Three others have been listed in critical condition. The condition of others who were injured is not known.
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Truck Driver Pleads Not Guilty In Tracy Morgan Bus Accident

By Brian Chase on June 12, 2014 - No comments

Tracy Morgan Bus AccidentThe driver of a Wal-Mart truck that plowed into a limo bus carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and several others in New Jersey pleaded not guilty to criminal charges amid allegations that he had not slept for 24 hours before the crash.

According to a CNN news report the truck driver, Kevin Roper, faces vehicular homicide and assault by auto charges in the June 7 pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured SNL and “30 Rock” star Morgan.

Three others in the limo bus at the time of the accident were identified as comedian Ardie Fuqua, Jeffrey Millea, and Harris Stanton.

Police stated in a criminal complaint that Roper had …Read the rest »

 

California Bus Crash Leaves Four Dead, Seven Seriously Injured

By Brian Chase on May 22, 2014 - No comments

Four people were killed and seven others were injured in a California bus crash early morning on May 21, 2014 after the bus struck a load of metal pipes scattered across the highway, slid down an embankment and rolled over. According to an Associated Press news report, just a minute before this fatal crash, the pipes had tumbled from a flatbed truck that jackknifed after drifting into the dirt median on the Interstate 10, the main road linking Southern California and Arizona.

 Debris Causes Bus Driver to Lose Control

The crash occurred just west of Blythe where the eastbound truck’s spilled cargo blocked both lanes in each direction. Some of the pipes were as long as 50 feet. The bus was heading to Los Angeles from El Paso, Texas with 33 passengers aboard. Four died from their injuries and seven others were taken to hospitals in serious condition. In addition, 14 people suffered relatively minor injuries, officials said.

Based on the preliminary investigation, officials say the driver of the flatbed truck was trying to pass slower vehicles when he drifted onto the dirt shoulder and lost control. Rialto-based VG Transport operated the truck. Federal safety records show the company has not been involved in any crashes reported to state officials in the last two years. The truck passed three federal inspections in the last two years. However, after one of the inspections, the driver was taken off the road for unknown reasons.

We offer our deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed in this horrific crash. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the injured victims. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. …Read the rest »

 

Feds Talk about Safety Regulations after Deadly California Bus Crash

By Brian Chase on April 22, 2014 - No comments

Federal transportation authorities are now looking into ways to minimize injuries and deaths in bus accidents after the fiery truck versus bus collision in Northern California that killed 10 people. According to a news report in the Associated Press, officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) say that they have already issued recommendations, which if implemented, would have helped save lives in the most recent crash.

On April 10, a tour bus carrying 44 students from Southern California for a free tour of Humboldt State University burst into flames after colliding with a FedEx truck. The truck driver had veered across the Interstate 5 median, sideswiped a sedan and collided with the bus. NTSB officials said they have long advocated for seatbelts, emergency exits and fire safety rules to protect bus passengers. …Read the rest »

 

Ten Killed in California Tour Bus Accident

By Brian Chase on April 11, 2014 - No comments

Ten high school students were killed in a fiery bus accident in Orland, California, after a FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median and slammed into the bus the evening of April 10, 2014. According to an Associated Press news report, many of the more than 40 students who were on a trip from Los Angeles to Humboldt State University, were able to escape through a window that someone kicked open and ran to the other side of the Interstate 5 before the bus exploded and burst into flames.

Crash Involved Three Vehicles

California Highway Patrol officials say the driver of the FedEx tractor-trailer was among those dead in the crash. Investigators are still working to identify the other deceased victims. The bus was carrying between 44 and 48 students, four chaperones and the driver. The crash happened on the interstate near Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacramento.

The bus was one of two that the admissions office at Humboldt State University had chartered to bring prospective students from Southern California to tour the Arcata campus. The bus involved in this crash was owned by Silverado Stages, a San Luis Obispo-based tour bus company. First responders reported that 37 people suffered injuries in the crash ranging from minor to severe burns, broken legs and noses and head lacerations.

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Feds Shut Down Unsafe Tour Bus Companies after Southern California Bus Crashes

By Brian Chase on January 3, 2014 - No comments

california bus accidentsThe federal government is stepping up its crackdown of unsafe buses in California issuing an order that shuts down five “unsafe” bus companies. According to an NBC news report, the move came a well after three major tour bus crashes on Southern California’s highways.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered the Los Angeles-based bus company called “It’s Good Promotion” to stop operations right away. This company ran buses from Los Angeles to Mexico. Officials shut down this business after finding 17 serious safety defects in one of the company’s buses.

But, after an investigation, officials uncovered that It’s Good Promotion was illegally allowing at least four other unsafe bus companies that had been shut down by the government to continue operating by using its name and federal registration to evade authorities. Some of the serious violations uncovered by officials at It’s Good Promotion include: allowing a driver who tested positive for illegal drugs to continue driving; using drivers who did not have valid U.S. commercial driver’s licenses; not maintaining buses properly; employing “unfit” drivers. The bus operators could face civil and criminal penalties including prison time. …Read the rest »

 


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