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IC Bus Now Delivering CE Units With Cummins Engines!

LISLE, Ill. — IC Bus has started customer shipments of its first CE Series school buses with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine.

The first units were released from IC Bus’ Tulsa, Okla., assembly plant on Monday.

“Adding the Cummins ISB as an offering on our CE Series buses was intended to provide us with a new opportunity for growth, and we are excited to already see results reflected in the first two months of orders,” said John McKinney, president of Navistar global bus. “Customers now have access to the broadest selection of mid-range diesel engines in the industry, and we are encouraged by the long-term market potential for the CE Series.”

CE Series buses are available with the MaxxForce 7, the MaxxForce DT and the Cummins ISB6.7 engines. IC Bus officials said that, to date, the company has received more than 2,000 orders for CE buses with the Cummins engine.

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Accident Ends With Bus In Business And Sends Three To Hospital

Three people were injured when an empty casino tour bus crashed into the side of an auto-repair shop in Burien Sunday night, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Cindi West said the accident was under investigation but that it also  involved a sports-utility vehicle. The driver of the Snoqualmie Casino tour bus was taken to Harborview Medical Center and the two people in the SUV were transported to Highline Hospital. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known. West said no body was inside the business.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Southwest 136th Street and  Ambaum Boulevard. 

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A Greyhound Bus In Arizona Crashes After Rider Grabs The Wheel

A passenger on a Greyhound bus traveling through Arizona “goes berserk” and attacked the driver Thursday morning, causing the bus to veer violently and go off the highway before other passengers subdued him, witnesses and authorities said.

People were thrown from their seats after the California man, who reportedly was hallucinating, screamed “Everybody’s going to die,” grabbed the wheel and pummeled the driver. More than 50% of the roughly 40 passengers were hurt, including three who were airlifted to a Phoenix hospital.

“Everybody is jumping and flying and screaming,” passenger Susana Ordinola, 48, of San Bernardino, Calif., said of the ordeal.

When the Dallas-bound bus finally stopped, the 25-year-old man and a female companion got off and ran into the desert, only to return about a half-hour later. Some passengers cursed and threw rocks at the man before paramedics stopped them.

The bus was heading east from Los Angeles on Interstate 10 when then attack happened shortly before 2 a.m. near the community of Tonopah, about 50 miles west of Phoenix, authorities said. The speed limit in the area is 75 mph.

The man “basically went berserk in the bus and grabbed control of vehicle,” Harquahala Fire District Chief Dan Caudle told KPHO-TV.

The bus crossed the highway median but came to a stop before entering westbound traffic when other passengers restrained the man, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

“The passengers descended on him,” DPS spokesman Bart Graves told The Associated Press.

The bus remained upright, and none of the 24 people taken to hospitals had life-threatening injuries, the agency said.

Three were airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, but a hospital spokeswoman said one of them has been released. Fifteen people were taken to West Valley Hospital locations in Goodyear and Buckeye. Officials say five of those 15 ended up being admitted.

The driver “did a good job of maintaining control” before the bus came to a stop in the median, where there were numerous rocks and bushes, Caudle told the station.

The injuries included a broken sternum suffered by one passenger who helped restrain the attacker, said Officer Carrick Cook, another DPS spokesman.

The Department of Public Safety identified the attacker as Maquel Donyel Morris, of Los Angeles.

Ordinola described the experience while waiting for a bus back to California. She said she heard other passengers complain to the driver about Morris during a stop in Blythe, Calif. She then saw the driver talk to him.

After the bus entered Arizona, the man suddenly ran toward the driver, Ordinola said. “He screamed, ‘Everybody’s going to die.’” Ordinola said she was sitting right behind the driver and saw Morris grab the steering wheel. The bus started swerving, and people were thrown from their seats. When it came to a stop, Ordinola saw people bleeding and screaming in pain.

Morris and a female companion then got off the bus and ran into the desert, the DPS said.

When other passengers saw Morris coming back, they started cursing at him and yelling “That’s the guy,” Ordinola said. Some threw rocks at him.

According to Ordinola, Morris’ companion tried to shield him before paramedics stepped in.

Graves said Morris reportedly was hallucinating and indicated he wanted to get off the bus. He was arrested at the scene and taken to a hospital for a drug-induced condition, Graves said.

Morris likely faces numerous counts of endangerment, assault and aggravated assault, the DPS said. He does not yet have an attorney.

Greyhound spokeswoman Alexandra Pedrini said the bus was carrying 41 passengers, plus the driver. However, DPS counted 46 passengers.

A relief bus was sent to the accident scene to take the nearly 20 uninjured passengers to Phoenix so they could continue to their destinations, she said.

Ordinola, who had pain in her knees and a rib, was treated at a Phoenix hospital.

“I just want to go home,” she said.

A similar accident involving a Greyhound bus occurred in Casa Grande in 2001. That bus, which also originated in Los Angeles, rolled onto its side after a male passenger allegedly grabbed the steering wheel from the driver. The wreck left 33 people injured.

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Bicyclist Fatally Hit By Manhattan Bus

A bicyclist was killed early in Harlem early Sunday in an accident with an MTA bus – making him the first cyclist to die in the five boroughs this year, police sources and traffic safety advocates said.

The Bx15 bus was pulling out of a bus stop on 125th Street near Lenox Avenue when Pedro Santiago, 45, tried to cross in front of the bus about 1:25 a.m., according to an MTA spokesman and cops.

Santiago was hit by the middle front bumper, and fell into the road where the bus ran him over, cops said.

The East Harlem resident suffered severe trauma to his head and body and was rushed to Harlem Hospital where he died.


The driver stayed at the scene of the accident. Cops are investigating the accident.


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Minnesota Twins: Elizabethton team bus in fatal Florida crash

A bus carrying a Minnesota Twins minor league team was involved in a fatal crash near Jacksonville, Fla., early Tuesday morning.

No Twins players or staff members were injured in the crash, which involved the organization’s rookie-level affiliate based in Elizabethton, Tenn. However, the driver of a second vehicle involved in the accident died after the head-on collision, Twins director of baseball communications Dustin Morse said in a statement.

According to Morse, Florida State Patrol officers were on the scene almost immediately; they had received reports of a car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 295. The crash happened just after 4:30 a.m., according to the Florida State Patrol website.

The bus driver saw the car approaching and tried to pull over to the side of the road, but still was hit by the car, Morse said.

A second bus was sent to the crash site, and the Twins’ traveling group was back on the road at about 6:30 a.m. The team’s new estimated arrival time in Elizabethton was 4 p.m. EDT.

The Elizabethton team was headed north out of extended spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. Several players newly added to the organization in the recent amateur draft were believed to be on the bus.

This is the second time in the past month a bus carrying Twins minor leaguers has been involved in a crash. Triple-A Rochester’s bus collided with a vehicle in the predawn hours of May 22 on the way back from Lehigh Valley, Penn.

A replacement bus had to be sent after the May crash, as well, but no one was injured.

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School bus rolls into Auburn backyard

AUBURN, Calif. (KCRA) —

A school  bus was towed from the backyard of an Auburn home Monday morning after it rolled  down a slope and through a wooden fence, police said.

The incident involved a local Durham school bus service  provider.

The bus was being prepared  for a local field trip when it rolled. The parking brake wasn’t set, according  to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.

No  students or driver were on board at the time. No one was in the backyard either,  therefore, no one was hurt.

The home  is on Bosal Circle, near Richardson Drive.

Two  fences and two properties sustained damage, the CHP said.

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After doing some online searches, I discovered that their are “Brake Alert Systems” that are available that alert the driver with both visual, and audible alerts upon leaving the drivers seat, if the parking brake is not set. One company that specializes in these type of systems can be found at, www.safetybrake.com

If, “Automated Safety Systems” were mandatory safety equipment on these types of vehicles, maybe, just maybe, accidents like these could be a thing of the past.



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School bus crash injures 8 students in Ellenton

Eight children heading to Virgil Mills Elementary School, EllentonEllenton 300x240 School bus crash injures 8 students in Ellenton were injured Monday morning in a school bus accident on 69th Street East, just west of the Buffalo Creek Golf Course.

Seven were taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital, and one was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center with “very minor injuries,” said Manatee County EMS Lt. Jake Saur, after a 2012 Ford Focus collided with the bus.

Saur said there were 59 children on the school bus, and in addition to those taken to the hospital EMS personnel evaluated 17 at the scene. The bus had minor damage and was driven on to the school, Virgil Mills Principal Mike Rio said.

“It appears to be just minor bumps and bruises, but we’re definitely going to act on the side of caution,” Rio said. “Make sure all the parents are contacted, and if there’s any doubt at all we’re sending them in to be evaluated.”

The driver of the car, Daniel Newcombe, 21, of Parrish, said he had been having trouble with the clutch on the car for about a week and that it “got jammed.” He tried to stop at a stop sign, he said, and could not get the car to stop moving forward, even with the emergency brake on.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Newcombe was driving south from the entrance to Buffalo Creek Park approaching 69th Street East, and the bus was going west on 69th Street East. Newcombe turned left into the path of the bus, and the driver of the bus, Tyeise A. Davis Evans, of Palmetto, veered to the left to try to avoid a collision.

The left front of Newcombe’s car hit the right front of the school bus. The car rotated clockwise into the north shoulder of 69th Street East, hit and knocked down a traffic sign and ended up in a ditch.

FHP Trooper John McGrede said Newcombe will be charged with failure to yield the right of way.

McGrede said Newcombe passed roadside tests for impairment.

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District School Bus driver might have failed to set parking brake before accident

FALLS – A Pennsbury spokes person said a school bus driver apparently failed to set the vehicles parking brake upon exiting an unoccupied school bus early Tuesday morning resulting in the bus crashing into a clothing store window.

No on was injured, according to school officials.

The accident happened about 7:30 a.m between the driver’s high school and middle school runs, district spokeswoman Ann Langtry said on Friday. The driver had gone into a nearby fast-food restaurant at the Fairless Hills Shopping Center off Levittown Parkway.

While the driver was in the restaurant, the bus slowly rolled across the parking lot and hit the front of the Fashion Bug store, braking three windows, Langtry said. The bus was parked and the engine was off, she added.

Falls police responded to the scene of the accident, though no citations were issued. The school district is conducting it’s own accident investigation.

After doing some online searches, I discovered that their are “Brake Alert Systems” that are available that alert the driver with both visual, and audible alerts upon leaving the drivers seat, if the parking brake is not set. One company that specializes in these type of systems can be found at,   www.safetybrake.com

If ” Automated Safety Systems” were mandatory safety equipment on these types of vehicles, maybe, just maybe, accidents like these could be a thing of the past.





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School bus with students aboard crashes into home

A school bus in New York State carrying 19 children swerved out of control and crashed into a private residence on Thursday morning.

The Buffalo News reports that the bus was carrying students to nearby Lorraine Academy when it crashed through the front of the home. Police say the bus driver may have been trying to avoid a gravel pile and had their view obstructed by sunlight.

“The sun is very bright right now. It was at an angle and the driver couldn’t see the stone pile, then tried to avoid it and hit the structure,” said Al DiAmico, district transportation director.

The collision was so powerful that the front of the bus actually crashed through inside the house, and the ensuing impact knocked the home’s two residents out of their bed.

Four children were hurt in the crash but all were reported to be minor injuries.

“It looks to be bumps and bruises, though one of the students was taken on a stretcher, but it is all precautionary,” school district spokeswoman Elena Cala said.

The bus was equipped with two video cameras, which will be used to help determine the cause of the accident, DiAmico said.


Still, some of the students are likely to be especially sore about the fact that many of them were quickly ushered into another bus and taken to school. It appears they take academic very seriously at Lorraine Academy, where even crashing into a house doesn’t guarantee a day pass.

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Ontario middle school student stops driverless bus.

ONTARIO — A quick thinking Ontario middle school student stopped a school bus from rolling away Tuesday morning after a substitute bus driver failed to set the parking brake.

Chase Larson, 13, and his older brother Stetson take the same bus to school each morning. Stetson gets dropped off at the high school and Chase stays on to go to the middle school.

The bus has a wheelchair accessible back door and as it headed toward the middle school, students alerted the driver that the door was not latched properly. The driver pulled the bus over near the corner of Idaho and 8th and put it in neutral, but did not set the parking brake.

When the driver got up and went to latch the back door, the bus started to move. That is when Chase rushed to the driver’s seat and stepped on the brake.

“A couple kids started screaming and I just had the adrenaline rush to get up and press it,” Chase said.

The driver then quickly returned to his seat and the students were safely transported to the middle school.

The other students on the bus were grateful for Chase’s actions.

“When I sat back down they were like you’re my hero and started laughing,” he said.

Eric Norton, director of personnel and operations for the Ontario School District said approximately seven to 10 students were on board when the incident occurred and no one was injured.

“The substitute driver had all the proper training that he needed,” Norton said. “In the panic that a door didn’t get latched he forgot (to set the brake) in the process. We made the decision we won’t be using his services as a sub.”

Chase’s mother, Rachelle Larson, said her son couldn’t tell her fast enough what had happened.

“When I picked him up after school he jumped in and was so excited and said he had good news and bad news,” she said.

She said she was surprised the driver was careless enough to not put on the parking brakes, but is proud of her son for what he did.

“He is an incredible young man,” she said.

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