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Driver Faces Manslaughter Charges After 4 Die, 54 Injured in Bus Crash

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GavelFour people lost their lives when the bus they were on crashed last Tuesday on Interstate 95 in Virginia’s Caroline County, according to Virginia State Police. Fifty-four more were injured in the tragic auto accident as well.

Flushing, NY, resident Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, was at the wheel at the time and, as a result, was held on a $3,000 bond on a charge of reckless driving.

CNN reports the stated cause of the accident:

Investigators blamed the wreck on driver fatigue.

The Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team ruled out any mechanical errors or malfunctions after inspecting the bus.

Since the investigation had begun, the charges against Cheung have become more severe. The driver now faces four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The discount bus service, operated by Sky Express, was on a run that has been becoming notorious lately. Jerry Norton and Wendell Marsh of Reuters take note of this in their coverage on Yahoo News:

The bus was a commercial tour bus headed to New York City’s Chinatown, authorities said. It left Greensboro, North Carolina, at 10:30 p.m. Police were called to the scene at 4:55 a.m.

After a deadly bus crash near the Bronx in March that claimed 15 lives, New York State Department of Transportation cracked down on many of the discount bus services known as Chinatown buses. That tour bus crashed at 5:30 a.m. as it was returning to Chinatown from a Connecticut casino.

Sky Express, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, in not very popular with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As a matter of fact, it’s being shut down due to violating multiple federal safety regulations including:

  • Drug and alcohol compliance
  • Driver Qualifications
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Hours of service

The truly unfortunate thing is that the FMCSA didn’t interfere in time to prevent the injuries and fatalities suffered on that fateful bus ride.

Image by Sam Howzit, used under its Creative Commons license.

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