Philadelphia Ballplayers Escape Tragedy Despite Bus Accident

Throughout the country, there has been a significant amount of fatal bus accidents that have occurred recently. As a result of the many commercial bus accidents that have devastated lives over the past couple of years, safety officials have increased their focus on the industry and how to improve its safety.

Because so many bus accidents have ended in serious injury and death, one recent crash involving Philadelphia’s minor league baseball team comes as sort of a relief. That relief stems from the fact that no one died in the New York bus crash that took place last week. The incident could have easily ended more tragically, however, and further proves that the commercial bus industry has some safety improvements to address.

According to reports, Philadelphia’s Williamsport Crosscutters had just won a game last Tuesday evening before they boarded their bus to head to their Brooklyn hotel. Their bus driver reportedly got lost in his attempt to find the place and in his attempt, wound up supposedly causing a serious traffic accident.

Our source reports that the bus crashed into an SUV and then hit a guardrail, nearly plunging onto an expressway below. The driver of the SUV reportedly alleges that the bus driver was responsible for the crash because he ran a red light before the wreck ensued. Officials, however, are still investigating the accident in order to determine more clearly whether either driver should be criminally charged.

Of the 52 passengers on the bus, two of them were treated at and quickly released from a hospital. Our source does not disclose the condition of the SUV driver and whether he or she intends to file a personal injury suit against the bus driver or his employer.

Source:

  • New York Daily News: “Bus carrying minor league baseball players hangs on overpass, avoids fall onto Staten Island highway,” Bernie Augustine, Aug. 3, 2011