DONEGAL, Pa. (AP) - A bus carrying Asian tourists rear-ended a
flatbed tractor-trailer on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Monday,
killing the bus driver and injuring nearly two dozen passengers,
The driver was a 39-year-old man from New York, state police
said. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review identified him as Bo Hua Tan,
citing Deputy Coroner John A. Ackerman, who didn't return messages
left by The Associated Press.
The bus was carrying 35 passengers. One of them was taken by
helicopter to Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown, while 16 others were
taken by ambulances to Frick Hospital in Mount Pleasant and seven
more to Somerset Hospital.
By mid-afternoon, Frick and Somerset hospitals said their
passengers had been released. Conemaugh Hospital would not release
information about the status of the passenger airlifted there.
The accident happened at about 7:30 a.m. near the near the
Donegal exit, about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh. The turnpike was
shut down for the crash investigation until 12:30 p.m.
The driver of the flatbed tractor-trailer sustained moderate
The tour bus was registered to Mr. Ho Charter Service of
Bethlehem. A man who answered the phone for that company identified
himself as Edward Ho and said the bus was carrying two drivers, who
alternated during the trip from Kentucky to New York City. One
driver was unhurt, Ho said.
Federal safety records show the company was over the acceptable
threshold for drivers who are cited for fatigued driving, with a
68.9 percent score. Anything over 50 percent is over the threshold.
Since February, a series of major bus crashes have resulted in
fatalities across the country. Fifteen people were killed in March
when a bus rolled on its side and struck a pole in New York,
shearing the top off much of the vehicle.
Last month, four people died when a bus crashed after the driver
dozed off at the wheel in Virginia and a 6-year-old boy died in a
crash in Kentucky.
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