Tour Bus Safety Questioned in Wake of 2 Deadly Accidents

In the wake of a horrendous weekend bus crash that killed 15 in New York, a tour bus en route to Philadelphia crashed just after 9 p.m. last night taking the lives of two men, a passenger from Royersford, Pennsylvania and the bus driver. The Pennsylvania tour bus was carrying 43 people including 3 children when it crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike near East Brunswick, ejecting the driver through the front window and instantly killing him. The other man was partially ejected through a side window and died of his wounds in the emergency room. Five additional passengers suffered serious personal injuries and were hospitalized. Numerous other bus passengers were treated at area hospitals for minor injuries.

Operated by Super Luxury Tours Inc. of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the bus was traveling from New York City’s Chinatown to Philadelphia when it hit a guard rail and concrete abutment which sent it careening across two lanes of traffic before it crashed. Police impounded the bus and are inspecting it for possible mechanical and electrical defects. This is the second injury accident for Super Luxury Tours in the past 2 years. The bus company has been previously cited for unsafe driving, fatigued driving and driver fitness,

Last night’s fatal bus accident comes on the heels of the horrendous weekend tour bus crash on I-95 in New York that killed 15 people and injured another 20, hospitalizing 8 with critical injuries. In that accident, the bus scraped a guardrail before falling on its side and colliding with a utility pole that peeled back the roof of the bus, leaving bodies strewn across the highway.

Initial investigations into the New York bus crash have revealed that the driver of the World Wide Tour’s bus was a convicted felon with several outstanding traffic violations including a suspended license which should have made him ineligible for a commercial driver’s license. Click here.

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