8 Injured in New York Bus-Semitrailer Accident

by emallernee | October 19th, 2011

October 19, 2011

On Tuesday a Trailways bus rear-ended a tractor-trailer in Ramapo, New York, injuring eight people.

The accident occurred at 5:35 a.m. on the New York State Thruway near Sloatsburg, which is about 35 miles north of New York City. The Associated Press reports that the accident may have been triggered when the 49-year-old tractor-trailer driver slowed down to let a car enter the southbound lanes from a service plaza.

According to the report from the scene, “An uninvolved vehicle entering the highway caused the trailer to slow down.”

The bus, which was carrying 16 passengers from Kingston, New York, to New York City, slammed into the back of the tractor-trailer, crumpling the bus driver’s compartment and trapping him inside the bus until rescue groups could cut him out. Both vehicles had been traveling in the far right southbound lane.

Eight people were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. Seven were treated and released, but the 57-year-old bus driver remained hospitalized in stable condition.

The rest of the passengers were put on another bus to New York City.

An initial report found no mechanical problems with the New York Trailways bus. In addition, The Journal News found that the bus company has been given a satisfactory safety rating by a federal regulating agency.

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If you or someone you know were the victim of a New York auto accident, the New York accident lawyers at the Law Offices of William Mattar may be able to help you.