Driver Failed to Slow Down in Stalled Construction Area Traffic
Two people died yesterday afternoon in a collision between a bus and a tractor-trailer in Central Texas. An additional 30 people were injured in the deadly crash. The initial collision between the passenger bus and the semi truck started a chain reaction that involved at least two other vehicles. Traffic had slowed due to construction on the highway. But the bus driver didn’t notice the delay and slammed into the back of the tractor-trailer, which then hit another 18-wheeler and an SUV.
The incident occurred in Weimar on I-10 about 85 miles west of Houston at 12.30 p.m. The Transportes del Norte bus is operated by the Turimex International division of Grupo Senda, a Mexican company that regularly transports passengers between Mexico and several U.S. cities. At the time of the accident, the bus was enroute between Laredo and Greensboro, N.C., carrying migrant tobacco laborers to the farms in that region.
The 31 year-old bus driver, Miguel Angel Tobalina-Gonzalez, and 34 year-old worker, Roman Juan Domicilio, were killed when they were ejected from the bus during the collision. Dozens of other injured passengers were transported to local hospitals.
Houston resident Susan James is lucky to be alive. After being tossed around in the accident, her Cadillac SUV ended up under the bed of the truck. She miraculously crawled out of her crumpled vehicle without injury.
Three Dead in Tractor-Trailer / Passenger Bus Head-On Collision in Pennsylvania
Also on Wednesday, a bus and tractor-trailer collided in Pennsylvania, killing three people and injuring 17 others. In that tragic crash, the 18-wheeler was travelling Southbound on Interstate 380 in Coolbaugh Township when it crossed the median and slammed head on into the tour bus. The crash occurred at around 10 a.m. in the Pocono Mountain region.
The bus was carrying Italian tourists from New York City to Niagra Falls. Academy Bus owns the bus and leased it to the Italian tour operator Viaggidea for the trip.
The violent impact of the accident sliced the tractor-trailer apart and crushed the front the bus. The 54 year-old bus driver Alfredo Telemaco was killed, as were two of the passengers. Four passengers remain in critical condition and several others remain hospitalized.
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