Reporting Marla Diamond
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A top federal transportation official said a casino tour bus involved in a crash in The Bronx that killed 15 people was barreling down the highway at up to 78 mph.
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National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman disclosed the information during a U.S. Senate committee hearing in Washington on motor coach safety Wednesday.
She said a video camera on the bus’ windshield “did not record the accident.”
The bus crashed March 12 while returning to the city from The Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. It flipped onto one side and struck a pole, which nearly tore off the roof.
A passenger said in a $200 million lawsuit driver Ophadell Williams was asleep at the wheel.
Williams said he was well-rested and alert. His lawyer hasn’t returned a message seeking comment.
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