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Two More Bus Accidents in New York and New Hampshire


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Authorities Investigating Yet Another Tour Bus Incident


NEW YORK (CBS 2) – The Big Apple saw yet another wild ride involving a tour bus Thursday, and this one nearly ended in tragedy.


The bus driver swerved all over the road until one of the passengers grabbed the wheel, CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reports.


A group of high school seniors from Jacksonville, Florida were all smiles as they took on Manhattan this week, overlooking Times Square, but their trip took a terrifying turn Thursday morning.


The group had chartered an Academy bus to take them from their Times Square hotel to the airport for their flight home.


“I woke up to a quick shout by the chaperones, yelling at the bus driver,” one student said.


Just minutes into the trip, as they headed east on the Long Island Expressway toward JFK Airport, the driver suddenly started swerving and stopping in the middle of the highway. Everyone on the bus started screaming.


“I really thought he might crash, because at several points, he was just drifting over [going] through the Lincoln Tunnel, and he was really close to the wall,” teacher Michael Gray said.


Amazingly, a parent chaperone on the bus – who also happened to be a bus driver – took the wheel just as the charter bus began to swerve off the road. That parent said the bus driver admitted he was in pain and in no condition to drive.


“At that point, I jumped up, grabbed the wheel, got him off, back on the road,” chaperone Mike Mackey said.


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Flushing tour bus crashes in New Hampshire


A tour bus from a Flushing-based company – Big Boy Coach, Inc. – crashed on Interstate 93, injuring 23, in Littleton, New Hampshire, on Monday, March 21, authorities said.


Five sustained serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries, said Lt. Todd Landry from the New Hampshire State Police. Released Tuesday morning were 11 individuals treated for lesser injuries and seven treated for minor injuries.


The bus was travelling to Boston from Quebec and carried vacationers from Korea. The injured were brought to various local hospitals.




The on-going police investigation revealed that the road was slippery because of a recent snowstorm. The driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled onto its side and into the highway median. The actual cause of the crash is still being determined, police said.


The company managing the tour is PRT Tours of Ridgefield, New Jersey, police said.


The crash is the third tour bus crash in the northeast in the past month. The last major crash occurred on I-95 in the Bronx on March 12, when 15 were killed after a bus driving toward Manhattan was ripped apart after smashing into a sign pole.


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