Police have determined that a bus crash involving a tour bus that was traveling from Philadelphia to New York was caused by a tire blowout. A total of 14 passengers were injured when the crash occurred in New Jersey on Interstate 29 near mile marker 59 just before 3 p.m. on Saturday.
According to reports, the driver was not able to control the bus after the tire blowout and the bus swerved off of the road and down into an embankment. Luckily, no one was severely injured or killed in the bus accident. So often, charter bus accidents like this one end in tragedy. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
A state patrol lieutenant said that charges will not be filed against the bus driver. However, it is possible that the bus driver and the bus company that employs the driver could face liability in a personal injury lawsuit if it is determined that negligence was responsible for the blown tire.
Bus companies and drivers have a duty to make sure that their buses are in safe condition before traveling with passengers on board. In cases like this, it is possible that the bus could have missed required maintenance or inspections, which could lead to a negligence claim on behalf of those who were injured.
Tour bus accidents have been all too common lately. Just last week, we wrote about a Bucks County teen who was paralyzed in a charter bus accident in Boston after touring Harvard with a group of students. Last month, a tour bus accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike claimed the lives two people, including the pregnant Seton Hill University women’s lacrosse coach.
Source: NJ.com, “I-295 bus crash in Hamilton caused by tire blowout, state police say,” Mike Davis, April 22, 2013