Chartered buses, which include buses that have inter- and intra-state routes out of New York are routinely inspected for safety. These safety inspections usually happen every six months or so, and typically identify any safety issues that may put the lives of passengers and other motorists at risk. If defects are found, the owners of the buses are required to take them out of service and are given a certain amount of time to fix the issues that are discovered. The drivers are also required to maintain a commercial driver’s license.
NBC News reports on the driver of a charter bus who is facing charges following an accident in Virginia.
Two people are dead and the remaining fifty-four passengers on a charter bus were hospitalized following an accident in Prince George County, Virginia.
The crash happened at about 5:22 a.m. on Tuesday morning according to the Prince George County police. Heavy fog may be a factor in the accident, as there were several other crashes in the area on the same morning, but charges are pending against the bus driver, a 40-year-old male from Staten Island, New York.
One of the passengers died at the scene and another died at the hospital. At least two of the 57 passengers were being treated for life-threatening injuries. Other victims were as young as toddlers. The bus, owned by Tao Travel, Inc., began its trip in Orlando, Florida and was bound for New York City. It had stopped in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, which is about 100 miles south of the crash site. The company applied for its permit in Flushing, New York, but is operated out of Middleton, Massachusetts and received a satisfactory rating in 2017. The company employs eight drivers and has had no accidents since it began operation in 2013.