A bus bound for Washington, D.C. crashed into two tractor-trailers on the New Jersey Turnpike late last month, as reported at washingtonpost.com. 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 washingtonpost.com 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.
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