A New York congresswoman is one of the lawmakers sponsoring a bill that would stiffen the background check requirements for school bus drivers. The Miranda Vargas School Bus Driver Red Flag Act is named after a 10-year-old girl who was killed in a deadly school bus accident in May 2018. Republican Elise Stefanik, who represents New York's 21st congressional district, says that parents should not have to worry about safety when they drop their children off at school bus stops.
Avid cyclists in New York may have heard about a fatal bus accident that occurred in the town of Greenburgh in Westchester County back in 2009. This accident led to the death of a cyclist, the passing of a new traffic law and a lawsuit from the cyclist's wife. Almost 10 years later, in March 2019, the lawsuit ended in a settlement of $75,000.
On Feb. 21, the National Transportation Safety Board released a report on a fatal charter bus crash that happened in New York in 2017. The bus was traveling at approximately 60 miles per hour when it ran a red light and hit a city bus. The driver, a pedestrian and a passenger on the city bus were all killed.
When a group charters a bus for transportation around New York or any other state, they expect a safe trip. Unfortunately, some tour buses do get into accidents. If this happens, there are many different parties that could be held liable. The tour company itself is responsible for hiring a bus service that has a clean record. The company that provides the bus is expected to employ safe drivers and maintain reliable vehicles.
A 50-year-old New York bus driver is facing charges of homicide by motor vehicle after the private charter bus he was driving crashed in Northeast Pennsylvania. The man was accused of driving under the influence at the time. The bus was carrying Cornell University alumni and students on a trip from Ithaca to New York City on Oct. 14, 2018. As the bus traveled through Pennsylvania in Lackawanna County, it suddenly veered off the road before crashing in nearby woods.
Snow hit the New York City region hard on Nov. 15, 2018, as several inches of winter precipitation created massive traffic jams on area bridges and streets. Tree branches across the city were felled by heavy snow, causing further traffic problems. As a result, local police warned residents to stay inside and avoid the roads. Nevertheless, the storm coincided with the evening rush-hour commute, and both drivers and public transit commuters filled the late afternoon and early evening streets.
A roof collapse at a bus shelter in New York City in early October has led to a safety inspection of shelters across the city. The company that owns the city's 3,500 bus shelters announced on Oct. 15 that it had cordoned off 1,400 shelters as part of its ongoing inspections.
On May 22, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all school buses across the U.S. be equipped with both lap and shoulder belts. It also recommended that New York, along with New Jersey, Florida and Louisiana, upgrade their requirement to include shoulder belts rather than lap belts alone.
Media outlets have reported that a head-on collision involving a charter bus and an SUV left three people injured on the evening of April 28. Initial accounts do not indicate if the injured road users were traveling on the bus or in the SUV. The accident took place in the southbound lanes of the New York State Thruway in Orange County at approximately 10:30 p.m.
A bust that was approximately 4 feet too tall to properly pass under an overpass on Southern State Parkway suffered a major roof collision on April 8. The crash involved two serious injuries, five moderate injuries and many more minor injuries. The bus was transporting New York high school students returning from a spring trip to Europe; there were 38 teens as well as five adult chaperones on the bus.