The bus was operated by Pennsylvania-based Mr. Ho Charter Service and owned by New Oriental Tours, a New York company that deploys buses to ferry passengers between Virginia Beach, VA and Washington. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records, both companies have been cited for numerous safety violations the past two years, including driver fatigue.
The bus driver, age 39, died on impact. One of the 35 passengers was airlifted to a hospital, and 23 others were transported by ambulance after the accident. The bus crash adds to the discount bus fatalities across the country.
In May 2011, federal regulators ordered Sky Express buses off the road after a deadly wreck outside Richmond, VA. The accident happened about 30 miles north of Richmond, VA, killing four people and injuring more than 50.
The Pennsylvania and Virginia bus wrecks were examples of safety not being the number one priority for some bus companies. Besides death, serious injuries like brain and spinal cord injuries may result from a bus accident.
Those injured in this Virginia bus wreck may be looking at months, or years of recovery for personal injuries. A bus crash can be a life-changing tragedy that requires the assistance of VA personal injury attorneys for full justice.
To learn more about what to do if you or a loved one is hurt in a bus accident, check out our Frequently Asked Questions devoted to the subject.