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Driver Of NYC-Bound Tour Bus Dies After Hitting Truck On Pa. Highway

DONEGAL, Pa. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A bus carrying Asian tourists headed to Flushing, Queens rear-ended a flatbed tractor-trailer on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Monday, killing the bus driver and injuring nearly two dozen passengers, officials said.

The driver was a 39-year-old man from New York, state police said. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review identified him as Bo Hua Tan, citing Deputy Coroner John A. Ackerman.

The bus was carrying 35 passengers, 24 people were taken to the hospital — including one passenger who was airlifted.

Most passengers were later released, but the condition of the airlifted passenger was still unclear.

The accident happened at about 7:30 a.m. near the near the Donegal exit, about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh. The turnpike was shut down for the crash investigation until 12:30 p.m.

The driver of the flatbed tractor-trailer sustained moderate injuries.

The tour bus was registered to Mr. Ho Charter Service of Bethlehem. A man who answered the phone for that company identified himself as Edward Ho and said the bus was carrying two drivers, who alternated during the trip from Kentucky to New York City. One driver was unhurt, Ho said.

Federal safety records show the company was over the acceptable threshold for drivers who are cited for fatigued driving, with a 68.9 percent score. Anything over 50 percent is over the threshold.

Since February, a series of major bus crashes have resulted in fatalities across the country. Fifteen people were killed in March when a bus rolled on its side and struck a pole in the Bronx, shearing the top off much of the vehicle.

Last month, four people died when a bus crashed after the driver dozed off at the wheel in Virginia and a 6-year-old boy died in a crash in Kentucky.

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  • hemp

    They hit head on with an eighteen-wheeler carrying cars those cars that are broken n stuff The driver was killed the seven people were traveling in a van. People who have nothing to do with it die just like that truck driver. Because they do the jobs we are not prepared to do like street cleaning or working in foundries…Your right the wall wont spot them coming in they will find a way around it…It is awful about an innocent truck driver being killed hell even the illega aliens being brutaly killed sucks but I really think there is nothing we can do about it…Its just one of those things that happens and we cant do anything about it.

    • Native

      That’s a ridiculous statement. Do you know how well-paid the average NYC Dept. of Sanitation worker is? They earn it too! And civil servants are NOT illegals! Those jobs are very competitive. When was the last time you saw a foundry?

      I am tired of hearing illegals tell me that THEY do all the jobs Americans won’t do — especially when we are both doing the same menial work!!

      Born here. European descent. My parents worked in factories and as office and house-cleaners. I’ve scrubbed floors and emptied commodes, typed and filed, worked as a cook and housemaid.

      And it’s highly likely that most of those Asians on the bus were also second or third generation American. A 1983 basketball star, African-American from Brooklyn, who had a successful 15 year professional basketball career, just died in an accident. After all his glory, he died driving a bus.

  • j.j.

    Where do they find these bus drivers?

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