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Investigations are still underway in connection with two separate but similar accidents on Wednesday, July 13 involving Lynx buses. The bus accidents lead to hospitalization for 15 Orlando-area residents, and several more passengers received treatment for minor injuries at the scene. Police say the first accident occurred near the intersection of North Orange Blossom Trail and Rosamond Drive when a car belonging to a 51-year-old woman rear-ended the bus, which had stopped to unload passengers. Emergency response personnel transported eight people with injuries from this accident to area hospitals. The driver of the car was taken to Florida Hospital in serious condition. A spokesperson with the Florida Highway Patrol said they expect to file careless driving charges against her.
Six students went to an Orlando area hospital for treatment for injuries they received when a van rear-ended the school bus they were riding on April 6. Accident investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said the accident occurred on John Young Parkway near the Sand Lake intersection. Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham is monitoring developments in this case very closely. He hopes the kids are all on the mend and expects the FHP to release more details about the case in the coming days and weeks.
Several recent high-profile bus accidents, including one in New York in March that killed 15 people and injured 17 more, has prompted lawmakers from Ohio and Texas to press other members of Congress to pass the Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) spoke before fellow lawmakers recently and urged them to pass the Act, which would improve driver training and motorcoach safety. The Act was first proposed in 2007 after a bus accident in Atlanta that killed five members of the Bluffton University baseball team.
The bus company that owned the bus involved in a horrible accident in New York has repeatedly failed to follow state guidelines put in place to ensure their drivers get enough rest. Connecticut state inspection records indicate that the drivers working for World Wide Travel routinely failed to keep their logbooks updated. This includes the driver behind the wheel when his bus crashed recently, killing 15 people and injuring many more. The bus was returning to Manhattan from a casino trip when the deadly crash occurred, and crash investigators are looking into whether or not the driver fell asleep while driving. Investigators do know that the bus driver involved in the crash had failed to update his logbook for several days leading up to the accident.