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Parents of Kindergartner Killed by Bus Sue Modesto and Modesto City Schools

September 30, 2014

The parents of a Tuolumne Elementary School Kindergartner who was killed by a Modesto Area Express bus have filed wrongful-death claims against the city and school districts.

The victim, Alan Alexander Navarro Fernandoz, 5, was hit by a MAX bus near the school and died at noon on March 26 while crossing the street.

The wrongful-death claims blame Modesto for putting a bus route along a street with an elementary school, which becomes a heavily congested area when parents drop off and pick up their children.

According to the claims, Modesto City Schools ignored complaints about the risks children experience as a result of the heavy traffic and the absence of a place where parents can drop off and pick up their children.

Officer Chuck Leo of the California Highway Patrol said investigators determined that the driver did not have time to react when the boy ran into the path of the bus, but Christopher Lampke, the attorney of the mother, Ana Fernandez, said the wrongful-death claims raise entirely different issues.


NYC Subway Train Derailed on Section of Track Set to Be Repaired

May 02, 2014

The New York City subway train that derailed during rush hour on Friday morning occurred on a section of track that had been scheduled by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to be repaired in 2015.

The F train derailed in Queens near 65th Street and Broadway, when six of the train's eight cars jumped the tracks, injuring 19 people.

The MTA had labeled the area of track where the derailment occurred as a "critical rail break" corridor, which was set to be repaired sometime next year.

According to MTA records, the existing rails on that section of track are currently bolted together. After the repairs, the rails would instead be welded together for increased strength.

An investigation into the official cause of the derailment is underway.


One Child Killed, Four Injured in Idaho School Bus Crash

December 05, 2013

A school bus crash in rural Idaho left one child dead and four others injured on Thursday, when the bus collided with a dump truck.

The bus, which was carrying 12 students to an elementary school in Canyon County, struck the dump truck at an intersection at around 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Killed in the crash was 11-year-old Daniel Cook of Kuna, Idaho, who suffered blunt force trauma.

Four other children who were injured in the crash were transported to hospitals in the Boise area.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.


Passenger in Deadly NY Train Derailment to Sue Railroad

December 04, 2013

One passenger who survived the derailment of a New York City train on Sunday that killed four people announced on Wednesday that she intends to sue the railroad.

An attorney filed a notice of claim - the necessary first step to filing a lawsuit - against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on behalf of dentist and retired Army colonel Denise Williams, a survivor of the derailment, on Wednesday.

Although an investigation into the incident is still underway, preliminary investigations indicate that the engineer, William Rockefeller Jr., was drowsy and fell asleep while operating the train, failing to apply the brakes when approaching a dangerous curve and causing the train to derail. An NTSB investigation revealed that the train approached the 30-mph turn at 82 miles per hour.

Rockefeller is not named as a defendant in the suit, as New York state law requires that any legal claims alleging negligence must be directed at the railroad, not the train's engineer.

Williams, who was not injured in the incident, is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.


Oregon Transit Agency Fined for Withholding Documents in Lawsuit

May 21, 2013

An Oregon transit agency was fined $5,000 this week for withholding electronic documents in a lawsuit involving two pedestrians who were struck and killed by a city bus in 2010.

The fine was issued by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman, who found that the transit company TriMet failed to hand over documents requested by attorneys representing the victims' families because they didn't specifically request "electronic files."

Lawyers for the victims' families requested email messages, memos and other documents from TriMet's attorneys in March 2011 as part of the discovery process, but never received them.

Mosman admonished TriMet's attorneys, saying they were relying on semantics to withhold the documents and pretend they did not exist.

TriMet's attorneys were ordered to give the documents to the attorneys for the families of the two pedestrians. The women were killed when the driver of a TriMet bus made an illegal left turn and struck them and three other pedestrians who were in a marked crosswalk.


School Bus Fire Results in Hospitalization of 18 Children

January 30, 2013

A bus engine fire sent 18 elementary school students to the hospital on Thursday morning, according to fire officials in Texas.

The incident occurred in Humble, Texas, when the engine of a school bus carrying children to Northwest Preparatory Academy caught fire at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

A spokesperson for the Humble Fire Department said the fire was extinguished relatively quickly and that none of the 18 elementary students aboard the bus at the time of the fire was injured.

All 18 students were transported to a local hospital for evaluation as a precautionary measure.


Canadian Bus Company Banned in U.S. After Fatal Crash

January 09, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation has banned a Canadian bus company from operating in the United States after a fatal crash in Oregon that killed nine people and injured 39 others.

The accident occurred as the bus was en route to Vancouver from Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 30, when the bus skidded on a patch of ice on Interstate 84 near Pendleton, crashed through a guardrail and careened down a steep embankment.

On Tuesday, the Transportation Department said Mi Joo Tour and Travel Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia, must cease U.S. operations because the company poses an "imminent hazard to public safety."

According to a crash investigation, the driver of the bus had worked 92 hours in the seven-day period preceding the crash - much more than the 70 hours allowed under U.S. regulations.

The Transportation Department also admonished the company for failing to administer drug and alcohol tests on the driver following the deadly crash.


Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Megabus Crash

September 26, 2012

The parents of a young woman who was killed in a double-decker bus crash in Illinois are suing the bus company over the death of their daughter.

The suit was filed by the parents of 25-year-old Aditi Avhad, a woman from India who was pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Missouri. They were all passengers on the bus when it crashed into a concrete pillar on Interstate 55 in Litchfield, Illinois, just south of Springfield, in early August. Avhad's mother suffered a broken hip and a broken leg in the accident.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Megabus USA LLC, Chaoch Leasing Inc., Coach USA Inc. and the bus driver, Preston Taylor.

The bus was en route from Chicago to Kansas City at the time of the crash, with stops scheduled in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri.

Megabus has not commented on the lawsuit.


Eight Injured When Texting Driver Crashes Into Bus

September 14, 2012

Police say at least eight people sustained injuries early Friday morning when an alleged texting driver ran a red light and crashed into a bus in Los Angeles.

The impact caused the city bus to hit a curb, a tree and a light post before coming to a stop.

According to rescue workers, the driver of the car and at least seven passengers on the bus were transported to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Their conditions were not released.

Investigators believe the driver of the car was sending a text message at the time of the crash.


1 Killed, Dozens Injured in Illinois Bus Crash

August 02, 2012

A bus crash in southern Illinois on Thursday left one person dead and dozens of others injured.

The accident occurred when the driver of a double-decker bus en route from Chicago to St. Louis lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a bridge abutment on Interstate 55 just south of Springfield.

A spokesperson for Megabus, the owner of the vehicle, said the bus that crashed was only one year old and had undergone a thorough inspection less than a week before the accident.

Killed in the accident was 25-year-old Adititi Avhad, a dentist from Mumbai who was studying for a master's degree in health administration at the University of Missouri. Police said that at least half of the 64 passengers on board the bus at the time of the crash suffered injuries.

The bus driver and many of the passengers were trapped on the bus for some time before they were extracted by emergency crews.

Officials believe a blown tire may have caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.


22 Injured in NY Bus Crash

July 04, 2012

Twenty-two people were injured when a tour bus crashed on Wednesday near New Rochelle, New York, according to police.

The bus was traveling on Interstate 95, returning from the Foxwoods casino in Connecticut at about 6:30 a.m., when it hit a guardrail and a concrete barrier after crossing three lanes of traffic.

Witnesses say the bus continued to coast forward after hitting the concrete wall, and a state trooper had to park his vehicle in front of the bus before it finally stopped moving.

According to police reports, 22 people were injured and transported to area hospitals for treatment.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.


Bus Driver Acquitted in Fatal Crash

February 28, 2012

A bus driver involved in a fatal 2010 crash in upstate New York was acquitted this week of negligent homicide in the deaths of four passengers.

John Tomaszewski, 60, was operating a double-decker bus traveling from Philadelphia to Toronto when he crashed into a low railroad bridge after getting lost on his route during a scheduled stop in Syracuse.

Tomaszewski, who was facing a four-year prison sentence, chose a non-jury trial. The judge presiding over the case acquitted him on Tuesday.

According to court testimony, Tomaszewski claimed he did not see any of the 13 signs that were posted to warn high-profile vehicles of the bridge's low height because he was using a personal GPS device to try to get back on his route.

According to Tomaszewski's lawyer, many of the signs were very small and hard to read, and they did not mention the height of the bridge, warning only that trucks were prohibited.

Killed in the crash were Deanna Armstrong, 18, of Voorhees, N.J.; Kevin Coffey, 19, of Manhattan, Kansas; Ashwani Mehta, 34, of India; and Benjamin Okorie, 35, of Malaysia.


33 Injured, 2 Killed in Montana Bus Crash

January 10, 2012

Two people were killed and 33 injured when a bus skidded on ice and crashed just east of Missoula, Montana, early Sunday morning.

The Rimrock Springs bus was carrying 35 passengers, when it slid, rolled and landed on its side on Interstate 90, throwing several passengers from the bus.

Two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Several other passengers were pinned underneath the bus when emergency crews arrived on the scene.

The Montana Highway Patrol is currently investigating the cause of the accident, but say that the driver, who was also injured in the crash, does not have a history of unreliability or negligence.


19 Injured in School Bus Crash

November 22, 2011

A bus transporting a high school basketball team crashed in Maryland on Tuesday night, injuring 19 people, including 15 members of the girls' basketball team, authorities said.

The accident occurred when the Great Mills High School bus ran off the road after hitting a Ford Fusion that had just been involved in a crash with a Dodge truck at an intersection in Mechanicsville.

The bus driver, another adult on the bus, and fifteen students were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the Ford and a 13-year-old passenger in the vehicle were also treated for minor injuries.

John Patrick Kravats, 45, the driver of the Dodge truck, was charged with driving under the influence in connection with the crash.


School Bus Driver Charged with DUI

November 11, 2011

Police in Westampton, New Jersey, arrested a woman for DUI while she was operating a school bus carrying 25 children, police officials said.

Officers were alerted to the situation when children on the bus called their parents on Monday, alleging that their bus driver, 46-year-old Carole Crockett, was swerving, driving erratically and falling asleep behind the wheel. The parents called the police, who pulled the bus over while it was stopped to pick up more children.

Crockett submitted to a breathalyzer test, which revealed a blood-alcohol level of .25 percent, police said. She was charged with driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence, endangering the welfare of children, and other offenses.


Scaffolding Collapses onto City Bus

September 20, 2011

A scaffolding fell from a two-story building onto a New York City bus in West Harlem Tuesday morning, injuring over a dozen people, police said.

The facade of the building collapsed, causing the attached scaffolding, pipes and debris to fall onto the street below.

Two of the injured were New York City police officers who were attempting to rescue people from the rubble.

The building was set to be demolished.

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