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Driver Arraigned in Massachusetts Charter Bus Crash

Posted on June 5, 2013

BOSTON, Mass. — Charter bus driver Samuel Jackson pleaded not guilty Tuesday to negligent driving charges from a crash in February, where the bus he was driving plowed into an overpass on Soldiers Field Road and continued forward another 500 feet after the initial impact.

Jackson was driving a group of Pennsylvania teenagers home after a visit to Harvard University through a group that works with at-risk youth.

The accident injured 35 passengers and left one teenager paralyzed.

Authorities say Jackson entered Soldiers Field Road from the Anderson Memorial Bridge, which connects Allston and Cambridge, despite several signs warning that buses and trucks are not allowed on the roadway.

The owner of Calvary Coach, Ray Talmadge, could not be reached for comment. On the night of the crash he told the Boston Globe that Jackson had worked for the company for many years and described him as a “very, very good driver.”

Full story at the Boston Globe.

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