Another Bus Crash Injures Dozens of Passengers

By Peter DePaolis

A bus bound for Washington, D.C. crashed into two tractor-trailers on the New Jersey Turnpike late last month, as reported at The bus accident sent two people to the hospital with critical injuries and injured dozens of others.

More than 50 passengers were aboard the Washington Deluxe coach bus. According to investigators, the bus crash occurred in the New Jersey Turnpike’s southbound lanes. Rescue workers took one passenger and the bus driver to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with critical injuries.

While investigators search for a cause of the accident, a spokesperson for the American Bus Association said the bus driver was not fatigued while behind the wheel. The bus driver slept in the night before and had plenty of rest before his shift, according to the spokesperson. The 52-year-old driver has been a bus driver for 11 years, according to the report.

This latest bus crash is yet another in a line of bus accidents this year that has federal officials taking a closer look at discount bus companies. Safety experts point to lax industry safety standards and driver fatigue as possible causes for the bus wrecks. According to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, over 30 people have lost their lives in 18 bus accidents in 2010. Contact our team today to learn more.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.