13 Dead in Bronx, NY Tour Bus Accident

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  1. Daisyjane

    Daisyjane "All the clouds are clearing, and I think we're ov

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    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/breaking/NYFD-13-Dead-in-Bronx-Tour-Bus-Accident--117849983.html

    NYFD: 13 Dead in Bronx Tour Bus Accident

    A New York Fire Department spokesman said a tour bus overturned on the New England Thruway near the West Chester County line at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday.The spokesman says the bus was carrying 31 to 33 passengers. He says in addition to the fatalities, six passengers were critically injured and four have been transported to hospitals.The spokesman says 11 others sustained minor injuries.
     
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  3. LiveLaughLuv

    LiveLaughLuv New Member

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    Yes, just heard this on the news...horrible but I feel these tour buses speed way too much. I guessing he had too much speed to make that turn...I also feel buses should have seatbelts and if they did, many might have not died...JMHO

    My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those killed...

    Godspeed to those injured...JMHO
     
  4. angelmom

    angelmom The love stays...forever in our hearts

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    I don't know about speed. It wasn't mentioned in the article. Instead, the accident was most likely caused by the tractor trailer that hit them from behind and then left the scene of the accident.

    From the OP's link:

    The bus, operated by the charter company World Wide Tours, was headed to Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood carrying a full load of passengers returning from the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn.

    As it entered the city at around 5:30 a.m., it was struck from behind by a tractor trailer, Browne said. The bus began swerving, toppled and crashed into the support post for a highway sign indicating the exit for the Hutchinson Parkway.


    My grandparents used to love taking these trips to Mohegan Sun. Prayers for all involved, and the loved ones who are left to grieve. I hope they find the driver of the tractor trailer.
     
  5. LiveLaughLuv

    LiveLaughLuv New Member

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    I hadn't read that about the tractor trailer...

    Tour buses do speed and I do believe seatbelts would save lives...JMHO
     
  6. tk71texas

    tk71texas wth is wrong with people today

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    seat belts may have killed more maybe because of how the pole split the bus in half at the window line from front to back...jmo
     
  7. jjenny

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    Was there a tractor trailer? If it did exist did it strike the bus? Or was the bus driver trying to avoid hitting it? So far the story is unclear.
    ""At this point it appears that the operator lost control of the vehicle for what is as yet an undetermined reason," Kopy said."
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-03-12-nyc-tour-bus_N.htm?csp=hf
     
  8. Gozgals

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    How tragic. My thoughts to the families and those that survived.

    RIP
     
  9. angelmom

    angelmom The love stays...forever in our hearts

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    Oh no! That doesn't sound good.

    Prayers for all the victims.
     
  10. LiveLaughLuv

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    Police probe claim NYC bus was driven off road
    Crash in which 14 people died is being treated as if it was a crime by detectives
    By JIM FITZGERALD, TOM HAYS
    The Associated Press
    updated 1 minute ago 2011-03-13T16:22:05

    NEW YORK — Police were investigating a bus driver's claim that he was driven off a major highway before his bus slid into a sign pole that sheared it end to end, killing 14 people and leaving others maimed in a horrific scene of blood, jumbled bodies and shattered glass.

    The driver, Ophadell Williams, told police that a tractor-trailer clipped his World Wide Tours bus just as it crossed the city line on a trip from the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut.

    But state police said witnesses told them Williams was speeding before Saturday morning's crash on Interstate 95.


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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42057418/?gt1=43001
     
  11. Nova

    Nova Active Member

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    The above link quotes a man who ended up "hanging from his seatbelt," so apparently there were at least some seatbelts on the bus.
     
  12. chemcopout

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    my prayers for all the victims of this horrible accident, it was in our paper. =(
     
  13. jjenny

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    Manslaughter trial opens for Ophadell Williams, tour bus driver who crashed and killed 15 during trip to casino

    Prosecutors say Williams was seriously sleep-deprived but drove anyway, killing 15 people, mostly Chinese men and women who were regulars at the Mohegan Sun casino. Williams claims a tractor-trailer cut him off.


    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york...5-trip-casino-article-1.1169455#ixzz27qclQlPL

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york...5-trip-casino-article-1.1169455#ixzz27qclQlPL
     
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    Manslaughter trial opens for Ophadell Williams, tour bus driver who crashed and killed 15 during trip to casino

    Prosecutors say Williams was seriously sleep-deprived but drove anyway, killing 15 people, mostly Chinese men and women who were regulars at the Mohegan Sun casino. Williams claims a tractor-trailer cut him off.


    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york...5-trip-casino-article-1.1169455#ixzz27qclQlPL

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york...5-trip-casino-article-1.1169455#ixzz27qclQlPL
     
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  18. Masterj

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    This verdict really surprised and disappointed me. Then again, I could say that about many NYC jury decisions lately.
     

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