In our weekly accident roundup for September 20th, we look at the investigation of a fatal bus accident in Queens, multiple lawsuits are filed against Barclays Center in Brooklyn for defective design, and a cyclist suffers critical injuries after being struck by a vehicle at a Brooklyn intersection.
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Officials Blame Charter Bus Company For Faulty Hiring After Fatal Accident In Queens
A private charter bus collided with an MTA bus in Queens on Monday, September 18th. The driver and two other people were killed in the accident and at least 16 others were injured. The charter bus was speeding at approximately 58 miles per hour when it blew through an intersection and collided with the back of the MTA bus, killing one passenger on the city bus and one pedestrian, along with injuring over a dozen others.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) discovered that the driver had been fired by the MTA and lost his license after a drunken driving incident two years earlier. The driver allegedly fled the scene of a three-car accident on Interstate 95 that he was responsible for causing. He was convicted on criminal charges related to the crash but received probation and a suspended sentence.
This raises troubling questions about inadequate regulation and faulty hiring practices in the charter bus industry. Officials are asking how this individual was hired as a charter bus driver when he had criminal driving charges on his record. According to United States Representative Grace Meng from Queens, there are “no standards for a driver or a company about how many infractions” can result in a revoked license.
Multiple Defective Design Lawsuits Filed Against Barclays Center In Brooklyn
At least four lawsuits have been filed against the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, alleging that design defects in the arena’s upper bowl create a hazard for serious injuries. The lawsuits claim that the seating in this part of the venue is excessively narrow and that the seats are too close together. There have been several incidents of fans falling down into the rows below them, resulting in serious injuries for both the person falling and the people they strike during the tumble.
Some examples of accidents which have caused serious accidents to fans in the Barclays Center include:
- A 58-year-old man was injured after being struck by another falling man at a hockey game in March 2017.
- A boy was injured at WWE’s Summer Slam in 2015 when a visibly intoxicated patron stumbled and crashed into him.
- In 2013, a Long Island woman broke her wrist at a Billy Joel concert when a drunken fan fell on top of her.
- A Manhattan woman also broke her wrist at a Jay-Z concert in 2012 when an intoxicated man tumbled onto her and knocked her into the row in front of her.
The Barclays Center has been uncooperative with helping the victims of these injuries. According to the 58-year-old man’s lawyer, they have refused to help with medical bills or provide him with a copy of the incident report.
Cyclist Suffers Critical Injuries After Being Struck By Car In Brooklyn
A cyclist suffered critical and life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car in a busy Brooklyn intersection on Thursday, September 14th. A video of the crash shows the cyclist riding past several cars stopped at the intersection of Utica Avenue at Empire Boulevard before entering the intersection and being struck by a white vehicle traveling east on Empire Boulevard. The cyclist was transported to Kings County Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
According to New York’s Vision Zero map, six cyclists have been injured at the same intersection since 2009.