NTSB: Tour bus in NYC crash was going up to 78 mph
Thursday, March 31, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — A top federal transportation official says a casino tour bus involved in a New York City crash that killed 15 people was barreling down the highway at up to 78 mph.
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 says a video camera on the bus’ windshield “did not record the accident.”
The bus crashed March 12 while returning to the city from a casino in Uncasville (UNK’-ahs-vihl), Conn. It flipped onto one side and struck a pole, which nearly tore off the roof.
A passenger says in a $200 million lawsuit driver Ophadell Williams was asleep at the wheel.
Williams says he was well-rested and alert. His lawyer hasn’t returned a message seeking comment.