ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A tour bus owned by Bedore Tours of North Tonawanda, N.Y. was headed to Niagara Falls from Washington, D.C. on July 17 when it crashed on Interstate 390, about 55 miles southeast of Rochester, N.Y., killing two women on board. The driver and 34 other passengers were injured and taken to Strong Memorial Hospital. The driver wore a seatbelt but none of the 36 passengers did, police said.
An early investigation discovered that one of the front tires blew, causing the driver to lose control, police said. The bus then flipped over and veered down a wooded media dividing the highway's northbound and southbound lanes.
State transportation officials said at a news conference the driver has a valid license and no criminal history. "There is no evidence of any excess speed, of any alcohol, of any driver fatigue or any other violation," State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico told reporters.
Dan Ronan of the American Bus Association, speaking for Bedore Tours, said that a federal inspection last year gave the firm a "satisfactory" rating, the top of three grades. He said the review found 12 vehicles inspected from the fleet of 19 were in good working order. The 2007 model bus was last inspected on June 28, and Ronan said the tires were only about two months old.
SOURCE: Reuters; ABC 7 News