New York lawmakers have taken a step to increase safety for children transported by school bus. School buses must now be equipped with cameras, with each city responsible for the cost of installing and maintaining the camera system. The purpose is to identify drivers who put children at risk by failing to operate the bus safely or the negligent driving of others that led to a serious or fatal school bus accident.
Renting a party bus or a stretch limo may seem like a safe alternative to driving when a group of friends wants to go out and hit the town or visit a winery in the Hudson Valley. But, while drinking and driving is never a smart option, riding in a party bus or stretch limo may be almost as dangerous.
After a tragic bus accident in Queens last month, lawmakers in New York have focused in on bus companies, with an eye toward particularly reckless or dangerous ones.
Nineteen commuters didn’t make it to work Monday morning in Queens. Three of those will never punch a time clock again.
Tragedy struck at dawn on September 18th, when an MTA bus and a Dahlia Travel & Tours bus collided at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Main Street. A pedestrian on the sidewalk was crushed and pronounced dead at the scene. The Dahlia bus’s driver and a passenger on the MTA bus died at a nearby hospital. Sixteen others were injured in the accident, several of them critically. One of the buses crashed into a fried chicken restaurant on the corner, starting a fire inside.
About 55 passengers were aboard a Manhattan-bound bus traveling between Baltimore and New York City when a sudden stop resulted in a passenger going through the front windshield. The bus accident occurred on JFK Boulevard East and Baldwin Avenue right outside the Lincoln Tunnel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Officials say the sudden stop at the traffic light caused the front windowpane to break apart from the bus allowing the passenger to be ejected. The crash is under investigation.
A 64-year-old man was injured in a New York bus accident involving an MTA vehicle. According to an NBC New York report, the pedestrian accident happened at Madison and Jackson Streets on the Lower East Side.
Surveillance video from the bus accident shows that the man had the right of way when he stepped into the crosswalk with his walking cane. The bus struck him resulting in a serious arm injury. It is unclear if the bus driver will be suspended or cited for the crash.
A 69-year-old woman was killed in a New York City pedestrian accident involving an MTA bus. According to an NBC New York report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on West 57th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. Officials say the woman was crossing the road mid-block when the MTA X5 express bus struck her. She suffered severe injuries and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The MTA driver remained at the scene.