Landmark research into school bus accidents in New York City and around the country has uncovered some shocking statistics. While there were 2,551 injuries stemming from school bus accidents in 2018, only 1,700 of those injuries occurred during collisions. The remaining 800 accidents involved children either waiting for buses at stops or crossing the street to climb aboard while the bus is loading.
A woman was killed late last month in a deadly charter bus accident in Manhattan. The victim, a 28-year-old woman from Melville, tripped and fell near Centre and Leonard streets in Manhattan as she was crossing the street on December 21st. The fall happened an instant before she was struck by a motor coach owned and operated by a limousine rental company. Eye witnesses say that the woman was struck by the back end of the bus as the large bus negotiated the tight turn. Police records show that she was in a marked crosswalk at the time and had the right of way.
Three separate bus accidents in New York City earlier this month left a total of 5 people injured. The three crashes all occurred on November 5th in Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, and South Ozone Park, respectively, and all between the hours of 8 and 9 in the morning. Two of the accidents resulted in minor property damage but no physical injuries. The third accident left 5 people injured and in need of treatment.
A school bus accident in Brooklyn resulted in a chain reaction crash involving at least nine other vehicles in early October of this year. The bus-a yellow school bus-was travelling through Williamsburg around 4 in the afternoon on October 18th when it crashed into a parked vehicle near the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Wilson Street.
As NYC gears up for the Holiday Season, tour bus companies are ramping up their services to ensure all the tourists coming to the City for the decorations, shopping and the sightseeing get the full experience. Unfortunately, these massive vehicles have a history of colliding with other cars and trucks and even smashing into the sides of buildings along the crowded streets of Manhattan. Just recently a tour bus accident in Times Square sent several victims to the hospital with varying injuries.
Chemistry experiments are an important part our children's education in school, but occasionally accidents do happen. Teachers are supposed to protect our students, keep them away from harm, and instruct them on the proper use of safety gear. That system seems to have broken down at one school in the New York. Indeed, four students were injured in a school accident in the Bronx late last month after a teacher failed to anticipate the consequences of their experiment. The students were taking part in a chemistry class when an experiment went haywire, causing a minor explosion.
A bus accident in New York that claimed the life of three people (including the driver) led a group of New York State Senators to investigate privately owned bus companies. What they found is absolutely shocking: Almost half of New York's charter bus companies have poor driving records. In fact, dozens of these companies have records so bad that they've been put on federal watch lists.
A late December school bus accident involving a New York City truck driver has resulted in criminal charges. 57-year old Benjamin Bramble was operating an 18-wheel U.S. Xpress tractor-trailer which caused a multi-car pile-up involving a school bus on December 20th. The police from Morgan County are charging the truck driver with failure to maintain control of his vehicle, even though, thankfully the New York City truck accident ended with all the children healthy and whole.
Most of the fatal bus accidents in New York City victims are pedestrians and bicyclists who are struck and injured or killed because the drivers of these multi-ton vehicles simply don't see them. However, as one chaotic bus accident in Newark demonstrates, even passengers on public transportation are not immune.
A group of sightseers suffered injuries after a tour bus accident in New York City this past week. The individuals were part of a group of roughly 20 people riding a double-decker tour bus through Manhattan's Upper East Side. At around 1:15 in that afternoon on July 21st, the bus driver somehow lost control and the massive vehicle veered off the road, jumped the curb, and smashed into a tree at the corner of 63rd Street and Fifth Avenue.