Tour Bus Driver Arrested for DUI After Bus Crash Causing Numerous Injuries
The driver of a double-decker tourist bus in New York City has been arrested on DUI charges after causing a bus crash with another tour bus late on Tuesday night.
The tour bus crash occurred around 8:30 PM on Tuesday evening. A Gray Line bus, carrying five passengers and a tour guide, came to a legal stop with its lights flashing, when the CitySights bus – which only had the driver and a tour guide on board – crashed into the right rear of the Gray Line bus. The tour bus crash caused the Gray Line bus to jump onto a side walk and knock over a light pole, injuring several pedestrians. Three pedestrians had serious but not life-threatening injuries, while others sustained minor injuries.
“We are very, very fortunate that there were not more injured,” a deputy fire chief, Roger Sakowich, said.
William Dalambert, 58, was arrested on DUI charges after failing a field sobriety test. While a Breathalyzer test did not register any alcohol in his blood stream, arresting officers said the driver was clearly impaired, and was taken to jail for a blood test. The results of the blood test have not been released.
“Twin America is committed to the highest standards of safety and customer service and in addition to cooperating with local authorities, we are simultaneously conducting a thorough internal review of our safety rules and driver protocols,” said David Chien, a spokesman for Twin America, which is the parent company of both bus lines.
Driving under the influence, whether it is from alcohol or drugs, is a serious offense in all 50 states. DUID charges in South Carolina can lead to jail time and fines, and injury along with a DUI can lead to felony charges.
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A car accident can transform a routine drive into a life-changing catastrophe. Every year, thousands of drivers end up in a South Carolina car wreck, and on average about 800 of them will lose their lives.
Typical causes of car accidents include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (referred to as driving under the influence, or DUI), automobile defect, failed maintenance, failing to be careful, speeding, running stops signs or stop lights, failing to yield the right of way, not paying attention because of using cell phone or PDA, adjusting radio or DVD player, or eating while driving.
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