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More State Inspections Remove 10 Bus Drivers From The Road

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In the wake of two deadly tour bus accidents, state inspectors have taken 10 drivers out of service.

Inspectors stopped 36 buses from the Canadian border to Long Island today, issued eight tickets and called in backup drivers in 10 instances after determining the drivers could no longer operate the vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Department of Motor Vehicles suspended the license of Ophadell Williams, the driver involved in Saturday's tour bus accident on Interstate 95 in the Bronx that killed 15 people.

The governor's office also released Williams' motor vehicle records.

Investigators are looking into applications in which Williams is said to have made false statements, to determine whether it was done to conceal the fact he had allegedly been using multiple names and had a previous suspended license.

Meantime, some of the first responders to the scene were being questioned Thursday by investigators from the state police and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The bus was returning to Chinatown from an overnight trip to the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut.

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