Drivers Cited For Speeding In Bus Crash That Injured 34
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Officials now say that speed appears to have caused a bus, heading from New York to Boston Tuesday afternoon, to suddenly flip over on its side, sending 34 people to the hospital.
The Fung Wah bus, with 56 people on board, flipped over while traveling on the Interstate 290 off ramp in Auburn, Massachusetts. Fung Wah -- a well-known budget bus line -- operates out of Chinatown, with several daily trips to Boston.
"Initially it appears that the bus was probably traveling too fast for the off ramp, which caused the bus to roll over onto its side," said Auburn, MA Police Chief Andrew Sluckis.
The 44-year-old driver from Brooklyn was cited for speeding.
The Fire Department says that no one was seriously injured in the crash.
Passengers boarding another Fung Wah bus Tuesday afternoon say they have witnessed problems with this same bus company on past trips.
"It depends on the driver you get: sometimes they're a little bit crazy and sometimes it's OK, sometimes it's decent," said passenger Megan Ward.
"Once or twice it was broken down and we had to leave the bus, get on another bus and go to New York," said passenger Josh Levis.
The Fung Wah bus service is no stranger to problems. Last year two of its buses caught fire. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says the company's past issues have led to additional inspections, amounting to 19 inspections this year alone.
The agency tells NY1 almost every inspection has led to a violation, mostly for speeding. Fines have topped $12,000 and the agency says the bus company has been told to slow down.
For now, though, some riders say they're thinking twice about boarding another fung wah bus.
"I was on my way up here and the lady from the company screamed at me, saying that this bus fell over this morning, so on the way here, I was deciding whether safety was more important or time," said passenger Nancy Zhal.
Those passengers that weren't injured in the crash were put on other buses and taken to their final destinations in Boston.