Schumer: NTSB to investigate tour bus industry
Two lawmakers announced Sunday that the National Transportation Safety Board will launch a probe into the U.S. tour bus industry. The investigation comes after a series of deadly crashes in the East involving tour buses. According to CNN, New York senators Charles Schumer and Nydia Velazquez said the probe is a result of the March 12 bus crash in the Bronx that killed 15 and left scores injured. Two days later another New York crash killed two.
Schumer also called on New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles to examine the records of drivers working for low-cost tour bus companies for past violations and suspended licenses. Meanwhile, two people injured in the Bronx crash have filed multimillion-dollar lawsuits against World Wide Tours and the bus driver, Ophadell Williams. Williams’ testimony to police after the accident has been peppered with contradictions; he was also found to have a criminal past, which included charges of manslaughter and grand larceny. For more, visit www.cnn.com.