Metro bus crash kills driver; Crash splits Metro bus in half near Texas Medical Center and Highway 288
A bus has rolled over near Ann Arbor, Mich., and children are among the 10 people injured.
Huron Valley Ambulance spokeswoman Joyce Williams says the victims in Thursday's crash are being taken to University of Michigan Hospital.
Kennedy Hodges is representing the family of a woman who was struck and killed by a Metro bus. Arrilla Carr had just stepped off the bus when it made a sharp right turn in front of her, running over the curb, killing her as she stood where the bus passengers were expected to be. Media outlets in Houston and Austin have covered the story and the family's fight for justice.
The family of Yani Bocanegra, a 19-year-old student killed in a bus crash in Mexico, is finding out the hard way that most of the protections they expect in the United States essentially end at the border. Since the 1980s, insurance companies have worked to limit the payment of claims for accidents that occur in Mexico - even if the insured primarily does business in the U.S. The Bocanegra's story highlights a growing safety problem among bus companies operating routes along the U.S and Mexican border. James Pinkerton and Terri Langford, Houston Chronicle 09/17/2008
In light of the recent Sherman bus crash that killed 17 people, a review of Texas charter bus companies reveals that they often continue to operate under a new name when their authorizations are revoked. At the time of the accident , the owner of the bus in the Sherman crash was operating under a different name after being closed due to safety violations. A total of 201 companies had their authorizations revoked by the state over the last 24 months. Gordon Dickson, Ft. Worth Star Telegram 08/26/2008
Federal authorities have ordered two companies linked to a fatal bus crash outside of Dallas to stop operating after finding that they posed an immediate threat to public safety. The preliminary investigation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that Iguala BusMex and Angel Tours Inc. had a history of safety violations and may not have been properly licensed. Authorities also noted that the driver had been convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2001. The crash killed 17 people who were traveling to a religious festival in Missouri. Andre Coe and Ana Ley, Houston Chronicle 08/10/2008
SHERMAN - At least 13 people were killed and more than 40 were injured on Friday when a private charter bus heading from Houston to Missouri crashed along northbound U.S. Highway 75, police said.
The bus was transporting Vietnamese Catholic church members from Houston to a religious gathering in Missouri, authorities said. The vehicle was part of a caravan of three buses with passengers from two Houston churches -- Vietnamese Martyrs Church and Our Lady of Lavang, said Lochphang Dhan, parochial vicar at the Martyrs Church. The bus was on its way to Carthage, Mo., for the Marian Days festival, an annual celebration in honor of the Virgin Mary.
"Please pray for us," said Holly Nguyen, a 38-year-old church member who was following behind the bus in a car but didn't see the wreck. She was anxiously waiting for word on whether her father, who was on the bus, was dead or injured.
Police were called about 12:45 a.m. after the bus carrying 55 people apparently lost control and rolled on its side near Post Oak Creek, just beyond West Park Avenue, Sherman police Lt. Bob Fair said.
The first officers to respond described a horrific scene, with luggage, handbags and pieces of the bus strewn amid a pile of bodies, some dead, some severely injured. There were cries for help and looks of shock, officers said.
Some passengers were ejected from the bus while others lay helplessly trapped inside the wreckage. Many passers-by stopped and tried to help, and some survivors climbed through broken windows.
"There were people deceased from the front of the bus to the back of the bus," said Officer Zachary Flores, one of the first on the scene.
Twelve adults died at the scene and another died at a Dallas hospital, Sherman police said. The survivors ranged in age from elderly to children, police said. All passengers who survived were transported to area hospitals, many with "crushing" injuries, said Sherman police Lt. Steve Ayers
"You've got 50-something people laying everywhere," said Officer Tony Walden, also among the first on scene. "I don't even know how to describe it."
Police and paramedics from McKinney to Oklahoma were called in. At least 18 helicopters were needed to transport the injured. Rescuers entered the bus through the front and through a hole in the bottom, police said.
A language barrier further complicated the operation, police said. "What do you say when you see bodies all over the place and screaming for help and they're talking a language you don't understand?" Lt. Fair said. "That's pretty much the definition of chaotic." Sherman police were leading the investigation and preliminary indications were that the bus may have blown a tire, causing it to lose control, Lt. Fair said. He said there was no indication any other vehicles were involved in the wreck along a stretch of highway where the nighttime speed limit is 65 mph. The bus belonged to Angel Tours, police said. The bus driver was in stable condition and had been questioned by authorities. Police did not say at a morning news conference what information the driver provided. The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a team to the accident site this morning to perform an on-scene investigation, said Terry Williams, board spokesman.
As accident investigators examined the wreckage, area funeral homes carted off the bodies, which had been wrapped in white tarp and laid in a row along a small hill not far from the white bus. By 5:30 a.m., all of the dead had been removed from the scene. Meanwhile, the survivors were shuttled to hospitals throughout North Texas. Two women and three men were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. One woman died at the hospital. The rest remained in critical condition, the hospital said. Sixteen patients were taken to Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman. Five of those patients were in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. Spokeswomen at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Methodist Dallas Medical Center and the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant, Okla., said their hospitals each received two patients from the crash. Methodist said it had received one male and one female patient. Texoma Medical Center in Denison said it had received five patients ranging from fair to critical condition. Presbyterian Hospital of Allen said it was treating three pediatric patients, according to KHOU-TV. People seeking information on passengers can call 866-GET-INFO. In Houston, Tinh Trinh, a member of the church for the past 20 years, said he was waiting to hear how one of his wife's friends was doing. "I myself cried this morning when I heard the news," said Mr. Trinh, one of only a few people at the large brick church early Friday. The Marian Days pilgrimage, which started in the late 1970s in southwest Missouri, attracts thousands of Catholic Vietnamese Americans each year. Many attend a large outdoor mass each day while enjoying entertainment and camping throughout the city at night. The northbound lanes of U.S. 75 in Sherman were shut down and traffic was being diverted at the Travis Street exit, Lt. Fair said. The road was expected to remain closed as workers worked to repair the guard rail. The bus was being towed at about 9 a.m. The accident was the worst bus wreck in Texas since 23 people died when a bus carrying nursing home residents fleeing from Hurricane Rita was rocked by several explosions after catching fire on a gridlocked highway near Dallas. The wreck happened less than a mile from the spot where a trucker crossed the median and killed 10 people five years ago. The Dallas Morning News, Scott Goldstein and Rachel Slade. COMMENT: As with bus cases Kennedy Hodges has handled in the past, this accident raises many questions. Was the driver qualified to be on the road? Was the driver intoxicated or tired? Was the bus properly maintained? Was the driver properly trained? Did the bus driver engage in faulty maneuvers once a problem was encountered? Were the bus tires defective? And with all bus accidents resulting in death or serious injury, why don't the bus manufacturers install seat belts on these buses? Only an early investigation can reveal the answers to these questions. While the families are still grieving, the evidence nevertheless needs to be secured.
Fifteen people were taken to hospitals this morning after a Metro bus hit a minivan in Midtown and then veered into a car dealership's storage lot, crashing into possibly a dozen new BMWs and other vehicles.
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Attorneys and safety experts are scrutinizing bus companies that provide service between Mexico and the United States following a number of recent accidents and safety violations. Most recently, one passenger was killed and several others injured when a bus driver ran off the road after falling asleep while traveling through South Texas. Despite such accidents and information from court records, federal transportation regulators maintain that the safety records of such carriers are no worse than conventional bus companies. Juan A. Lozano, Houston Chronicle 05/08/2008
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Records show that the operator of a bus that crashed in south Texas, killing one and injuring dozens, was the defendant in a lawsuit that accused the company of negligence in a similar crash. Records also show that the operator, Capricorn Bus Lines, has been cited for 19 safety violations in the last three years. A woman whose arm was amputated after the most recent crash has filed a lawsuit against the bus line. Capricorn agreed to pay $3.3 million to settle claims by the victims of the 2002 crash. Terri Langford and James Pinkerton, Houston Chronicle 01/03/2008 If you are looking for a Texas bus accident attorney / lawyer located in Houston, Texas, please call our attorneys. We have experience representing victims of bus accidents and our lawyers will make sure your claim receives the attention it deserves. Feel free to call our bus accident attorneys at 713-523-0001.