13 killed in New York City bus accident
The bus overturned on the New England Thruway in New York.
March 12th, 2011
07:30 AM ET

13 killed in New York City bus accident

At least 13 people were killed Saturday in a tour bus accident in the Bronx, a New York Fire Department spokesman said.

The accident occurred just after 5:35 a.m. when the tour bus was traveling on the southbound lanes of the New England Thruway near the Hutchinson River Parkway.

There also were injuries among the 32 passengers on board, with six of them critical, the fire department said. The people were rushed to the St. Barnabas and Jacobi hospitals.

The Bronx is one of New York City's five boroughs.

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  1. Andrew C.

    \Would it be better if the exit sign support was re-design from a two-pole overhead sign support into the newer technology one-pole cantilever overhead sign support then these 14 lives would of been saved? Highway engineers are now obsolete in improving support safety standards of highway signs. If the sign was on a one-pole sign support it would have knocked beside the highway minimizing damage to the bus. These old-fashion two-pole overhead sign supports are now an out-of-date hazardous design by removing everyone of them into the newer update one-pole cantilever overhead sign support.

    March 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Leon Hautala

    I have driven I 95 through NYC many times and the traffic is almost always stop and go. Further, the trucks stay in their lanes. I can understand having a fender bender there but not having enough speed so that a sign poll would slice a bus open. The highway has high walls which have sign posts mounted on top not at the road level. Parallel to the highway are service roads but they have much lower speed limits. I 95 IN NYC is horrible only because it is so slow.

    March 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. acei

    Before anyone else makes a stupid comment- a man had both of his arms torn off. Picture that. Funny now?

    March 13, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Norah Grady

    What an awful awful tragedy that occured this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers at Gersowitz Libo & Korek go out to all of those affected byt this clearly preventable accident. We hope that justice is served and those responsible are held accountable for their actions.

    March 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Gallagher

      Most likely will be driver fatigue. But what part of co
      Company pushing drivers SO hard will be held accountable??? Yes driver should say enough is enough, but when you have a income or family to support then what????

      March 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. truth in jornalism

    A more current news article says driver acct of accident differs from both passenger and witness accts. Suggets driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel. Several accts of uncalled for swerving. Passengers also claim truck never hit bus like driver says. I believe this was a totally preventable accident. Look at prior safety records also. tells alot. Driver should be held responsable for all those deaths. My condolences go out to all the families of the victims of this accident. What a shame!

    March 14, 2011 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
    • David Gallagher

      I think you will be right, most likely will turn out to be driver fatigue.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. keyonna drew

    This is so sad ii been to new york butt forgot wat partt its very sad to hear thiss everything going to be okay en christ jesus,,!

    March 14, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. David Gallagher

    It will be discovered to be driver fatigue.

    March 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. james

    My grandmother's cousin died in this crash....Just found out. Horrible way to go out.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
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