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Four people were critically injured in a San Francisco tour bus crash after a double-decker bus careened out of control and collided with other vehicles and pedestrians.

According to an Associated Press news report, the horrific incident occurred the afternoon of November 13, 2015 when a big, blue double-decker bus went out of control in San Francisco’s Union Square running down a bicyclist, striking two pedestrians and crashing into several moving cars before plowing into scaffolding lining a construction site.

At least 30 passengers were onboard the bus at the time. Twenty were Continue reading →

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An elderly couple was struck and injured by an Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus while walking in a crosswalk in Santa Ana the night of November 5, 2014.

According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Ross and Fourth streets.

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Charlotte Boyse, 17, a senior at Corona del Mar High School, was injured after she fell out of a prom-bound party bus the night of June 6, 2014.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, state regulators had ordered the party bus operator to stop its unlicensed operations in April, about six weeks before this incident.

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At least seven people were injured in a Los Angeles bus accident, which officials say, was caused by an SUV driver who was under the influence. According to a KTLA news report, the SUV bounced off a concrete road barrier and plowed head-on into a Metro bus at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Mason Avenue in Winnetka. The 30-year-old driver of the SUV was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Both drivers and five bus passengers were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. They are believed to be in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.
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Greyhound Lines Inc. has reached a $2.1 million settlement with the family of one of its passengers, who was killed in a 2010 bus crash on Highway 99 in Fresno. According to a news report in The Fresno Bee, the fatal accident occurred in the early morning hours of July 22, 2010 in the northbound lanes of the highway near McKinley Avenue in central Fresno. The Greyhound bus struck an overturned SUV on the freeway, careened down an embankment and crashed into a tree. Greyhound has already settled a number of lawsuits brought by passengers who were on that bus and has several others pending.
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The federal agency, which investigates fatal highway crashes, has criticized the U.S. Department of Transportation for failing to keep unsafe tour buses off highways. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made his criticism after investigators determined that a fatal February tour bus crash near Big Bear that left eight people dead was due to faulty brakes. Investigators said regular inspections of tour buses would have caught such an egregious safety violation and taken that bus off the road.
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Eight people were injured in a San Diego bus accident when a Harrah’s casino tour bus crashes into a yard on Valley Center Road. According to a U-T San Diego news report, the accident occurred the morning of September 19, 2013. The victims, who were in their 60s or older, suffered minor to moderate injuries, including broken bones. Eight people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The bus that was carrying 15 people including the driver started its trip in Seal Beach in Orange County and was headed to the casino.
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A total of 55 people were injured in a charter bus crash when a casino-bound bus overturned on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the injury crash occurred the morning of August 22, 2013 on the eastbound lanes of the 605 Freeway interchange. Witnesses told officials at they saw the bus brake hard in the far left lane before it ended up on its side on the freeway’s shoulder several lanes to the rights. Aerial footage showed skid marks streaking across the freeway behind the crash site.
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Federal officials have shut down the company whose tour bus went out of control before a catastrophic collision with two other vehicles on February 3, 2013. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, federal officials said the bus company is an “imminent hazard” to public safety after finding mechanical problems with its other buses. Eight people, including seven passengers, were killed in that bus crash that occurred near Yucaipa. The victims who were killed in this crash have been identified as Fred B. Richardon, 72; Guadalupe Olivas, 61; Elvira Garcia Jimenez, 40; Victor Cabrera Garcia, 13; Aleida Adriana Arce Hernandez, 38, Rubicelia Escobedo Flores, 34; Liliana Camerina Sanchez Sauceda, 24; and Mario Garcia Santoyo, 32.

In addition, U.S. Department of Transportation investigators determined that Tijuana-based Scapadas Magicas provided them with documentation during a January compliance check that falsely stated that its buses were well maintained and that its drivers were properly licensed.

Bus Company Lied to Inspectors

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