A Greyhound bus and a van collided last month on Interstate 85, injuring nine passengers. According to cbsnews.com, the Greyhound had 35 passengers on it at the time of the bus accident. Three bus passengers and six passengers in the van suffered injuries in the collision.
A Virginia State Police spokesperson said the bus crash happened around 8:20 a.m. in the northbound lanes. The van was changing lanes when it hit the rear of the bus in the right lane. Authorities charged the 27-year-old van driver with reckless driving as a result. The spokesperson said that speed and weather conditions were factors in the collision.
Earlier this year in May, a bus crash in Richmond killed four people and injured over 50 others.
Overall, it has been a deadly year for commercial and private bus accidents. Despite the statistics, the American Bus Association insists that overall, the bus industry has an excellent safety record.
However, the Associated Press reported that more people have died and suffered injuries in commercial bus crashes to date this year than all of 2010. This includes 18 tour bus crashes, which killed 33 people and resulted in 353 injuries.
Given the high number of bus crashes in 2011, do you feel safe as a passenger on a commercial bus line?
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