Earlier this month, three people lost their lives when two buses got into an accident in Queens. Additionally, 16 others suffered injuries, some critical.
The tragedy unfolded on Sept. 18, at approximately 6:15 a.m. in Flushing. Two buses — one, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus, the other a charter that is operated and owned by Dahlia Travel and Tours — collided when the charter bus slammed into the MTA bus at a high rate of speed. The driver of the Q20 MTA was attempting to turn right where Northern Blvd. and Main St. intersect.
Following the impact, the Dahlia bus careened into a fast food establishment. This second impact caused considerable damage to the structure and also set off a fire in the restaurant. The three fatalities involved the charter bus driver, one of the passengers on the MTA bus and a pedestrian who got lodged under one bus.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the accident. Immediately following the crash, eyewitnesses reported that the charter bus was speeding. One source reported that the speedometer stuck on 60 mph. All speed limits in the city are 25 mph.
The charter bus driver was fired from the MTA in 2015 for a hit and run accident involving his personal vehicle and two other autos. He was subsequently convicted on charges of evading arrest and driving while intoxicated. He received 18 months of probation in that incident.
According to the New York Daily News, the Dahlia bus line has had safety issues in the past. Two people died and 28 others were hurt in 2003 when a company-owned bus ran off the Garden State Parkway and rolled over on the way to the Taj Mahal casino. As recently as February 2016, another Dahlia bus on the route from NYC to a Connecticut casino also flipped over, causing 14 riders to suffer injuries.
If you were injured in a New York bus accident, you may have the right to claim compensation for your injuries, as well as other damages.
Source: World Socialist Web Site, “Bus crash in New York City kills three and leaves others injured,” Mark Witkowski, Sep. 20, 2017