Two passengers are dead as a result of injuries suffered during a bus crash yesterday on State Route 1 in Delaware. The bus driver and passengers were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
The AM USA Express bus was turning onto an exit ramp when it overturned. The bus continued to slide on its roof, traveling down a slight grass embankment and then rotating onto its left side where it came to rest, said Delaware State Police Sgt. Paul G. Shavack.
The Delaware bus crash forced the closure of Del. 1 in both directions and caused hours-long delays and miles-long backups. Emergency responders needed 16 ambulances to treat and transport victims to local hospitals. Paramedics coordinated transportation with local hospitals as not to overload a single emergency department facility, said Paramedic Sgt. Michael A. McColley of New Castle County Emergency Medical Services.
The bus accident victims were part of a sightseeing tour group sponsored by E World Travel and Tours based in New York City. The group departed for the three-day trip from New York to Washington, D.C., and were on their way back to New York when the bus crash occurred, reported Philly.com.
This is not the first time an AM USA Express vehicle was involved in a bus crash during the last two years. According to federal motorcoach safety records , no passengers injured during the previous accident. Unfortunately, the Delaware bus accident victims were not so lucky.
“Bus companies must take the utmost care to ensure the safety of their passengers,” said bus accident attorney and Anapol Weiss Shareholder Jim Ronca. “It’s tragic when a bus accident causes the loss of life and catastrophic injuries.”