Driver of New York Tour Bus Ran a Red Light Before Fatal Accident

Syracuse, NY- Intersections can be dangerous because far too many drivers are in a rush. They speed through lights or blow through with little concern about the danger they pose to their passengers and other people on the road.

Tour Bus Driver Ran Red Light

A preliminary investigation into a fatal crash between a tour bus and MTA bus in Flushing Queens found that the tour bus driver ran a red light, causing a horrific collision that killed three people and injured 16 others.

On September 18, 2017, around 6:00 a.m., an MTA bus was making a right turn at an intersection when the driver of a tour bus blew through the light. The tour bus struck the rear of the MTA bus causing the bus to spin 180 degrees and slam into a parked car.

After hitting the MTA bus, the tour bus continued onto the sidewalk, crashing into a pedestrian and building.

There weren’t any passengers on tour bus, but there were 38 people on the MTA bus.

The crash killed the tour bus driver, a pedestrian and a passenger on the MTA bus. Sixteen others suffered a range of injuries from minor to severe.

The tour bus is owned by the Dahlia Group Inc., according to DNA New York. A look into the driver’s record revealed that he once worked as an MTA bus driver, but was fired for drunken driving.

In their preliminary report, the NTSB said the tour bus driver was going between 54 and 62 mph, almost double the posted speed. They also said the deceased driver ran the red light before hitting the MTA bus.

Dahlia Group Inc. has been cited for fatal bus crashes in the past.

Crashes in Intersections

Intersections can be confusing sometimes which is why approximately 40 percent of traffic accidents occur at intersections, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In urban areas, like Syracuse or Queens, 22 percent of crashes occur at intersections with red lights or stop signs.

An estimated 709 people are killed each year by motorists who run a red light, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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