Authorities charged a Greyhound bus driver with failing to stay in his lane and causing a commercial vehicle to overturn in connection with a bus accident earlier this month in Pennsylvania. According to a report at sacbee.com, driver error caused the bus crash that injured 14 people.
The 24-year-old bus driver lost control of the bus while in the passing lane, according to police. The front of the bus hit a concrete barrier before it crossed lanes and flipped on its side. There were 18 passengers onboard the bus and 14 of them suffered injuries. Rescue workers transported the victims to area hospitals.
Investigators said the bus driver was not impaired at the time of the accident, and he was within his allowable number of driving hours. This is his first accident as a driver and it remains under investigation. Greyhound is examining the bus’s GPS system to try to find a cause for the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is also looking into the crash.
This year is proving to be a tragic one for the transportation industry. So far, bus accidents have claimed the lives of over 30 people and injured over 300 passengers. The numbers already surpassed the total number of fatalities and injuries for all of 2010.
Approved by attorney Peter DePaolis