Horrific bus accident occurs in New York over weekend

Over the weekend a horrific bus accident occurred in The Bronx, New York killing 15 people. The commercial vehicle accident occurred early Saturday morning and sheared the top of the bus. The bus driver told investigators that a tractor-trailer clipped the bus and caused the accident, but surviving passengers said the bus driver’s account did not match what they experienced as the bus slid off of the road and ran into a sign pole.

On Saturday morning, the bus driver was driving a World Wide Tours bus back from the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut to New York City’s Chinatown. The terrible accident occurred as the bus crossed the New York City line. Passengers on the bus said the driver swerved multiple times to the right for no reason before the accident occurred. Passengers also said that they did not remember anything hitting the bus, and motorists who observed the accident also said they did not see any vehicle hit the bus. The tractor-trailer driver that supposedly clipped the bus told police he was actually following the bus.

Thirty-one passengers, some asleep, were on the bus when the accident occurred at 5:35 a.m. on Saturday. The bus ran along a guardrail for approximately 300 feet before it tipped over and slammed into a highway sign support pole. The pole sliced through the length of the bus from its front to its back tires. Twenty passengers were treated at area hospitals including the bus driver, and fifteen people were killed due to blunt force trauma and we’re not sure about criminal charges just yet.




Accident on I-10 in Baton Rouge kills five

While a significant amount of the nation’s attention has been focused on the tragic bus accident that occurred in New York City, another fatal accident has occurred closer to home that deserves our attention and we’re not the only ones stating this at Michigan Legal. On Sunday night a multiple car accident that ended in fire occurred on Interstate 10 near Highland Road in Baton Rouge. Five people were killed in the four vehicle car accident.

Around 8 p.m. this past Sunday night, a 2001 Mercedes SUV and a 2005 GMC pickup truck were traveling west on Interstate 10 when for an unknown reason the two vehicles collided according to the preliminary investigation. The impact of the two vehicles caused the pickup truck to cross the center of the road.

As the truck rotated across the road, it struck the trailer of a 2008 Peterbilt truck. The GMC pickup truck traveled further and struck a 1997 Acura head on. The impact from the collision of the pickup and the car left the Acura completely stopped on the Interstate. The car then caught on fire. The GMC came to a rest on the shoulder of the Interstate.

The 24-year-old driver of the Mercedes SUV was not injured during the crash and neither was the 60-year-old driver of the Peterbilt semi-truck. The driver of the GMC pickup was a 29-year-old and he suffered injuries during the crash. His 28-year-old passenger also suffered injuries during the crash and both were taken to a local hospital in Baton Rouge.

Tragically, the occupants of the Acura were killed during the multiple vehicle accident. A 29-year-old mother of three as well as her 29-year-old passenger perished during the crash. The mother’s three children also died during the accident. The ages of the three children were 3, 7 and 11. The cause of the accident is still unknown.


Jacksonville Woman Struck by Car During Cancer Crusade

This past September a Jacksonville woman and her husband set out to participate in a horseback ride entitled “Cowboys Against Cancer.” The goal of the journey was to ride across Texas to raise money and awareness for victims of cancer. One month into their journey across the Lone Star State, the couple stopped to offer their charity to a driver pulled over with car trouble. Unbeknownst to the Jacksonville woman, the driver would quickly return the favor.

After pulling over to assist the disabled motorist, the woman began to lead her horse to the trailer. What happened next, the Jacksonville woman cannot remember. A car traveling over the top of a hill and going 80 miles per hour slammed into the woman and her horse causing a pedestrian accident. “I never seen the guy coming and she didn’t either, we didn’t see headlights or nothing,” said the husband.

The woman’s horse died upon impact and the woman was tossed into the horse trailer. The woman was strewn upon the side of the highway for over two minutes breathless and without a pulse. Luckily, the driver the couple attempted to help was an Emergency Medical Technician. The E.M.T. called an ambulance and was able to resuscitate the woman. Reliving the string of events the husband explained, “I thought I lost her.”

The woman spent the next few days in an El Paso hospital and could not remember any of the events from the time of the workers comp accident until sometime later under care. The woman is currently in a physical therapy program and is making her recovery from a wheelchair. The woman and her husband plan to ride again next year.




Number of Transportation Deaths Decline Nine Percent

Statistics for all types of transportation related fatalities are down for 2009. A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board says that even though transportation related fatalities have decreased over the past year, there are still too many accidents across all modes of transportation in the country. Car accidents account for the largest percentage of fatalities.

The National Transportation Safety Board is a transportation oversight group that keeps track of transportation safety issues and statistics across the country. The year 2009 experienced a 9.2 percent decrease in the amount of transportation related deaths according to the Board. There were 35,928 fatalities resulting from transportation accidents in 2009.

The Department of Transportation reported that 33,808 transportation related deaths resulted from car accidents last year. That accounts for 95 percent of the total amount of transportation deaths. The ten years from 1965 to 1975 saw the largest amount of fatal car accidents. The annual number of deaths from car accidents during that period was around 50,000.

Last year’s amount of driving related deaths was the lowest amount in 60 years. During the five years from 2000 to 2005 the rate of fatalities remained unchanged. This past year the rate of fatalities fell from 6 per 100,000 vehicle miles traveled to around 4 fatalities per 100,000 miles traveled.

Department of Transportation officials and local Bossier criminal defense attorneys believe the drop in highway deaths is related to strong seat belt use and effective anti-drunk driving efforts. The other five percent of transportation related fatalities are attributed to other transportation modes such as air, rail, water and energy pipelines.