It’s not often that you hear about three bus accidents occurring within hours of one another, but that’s exactly what happened on Sunday, March 27 in Connecticut, Ohio, and California. Several people were hospitalized following a Connecticut Greyhound bus accident in North Stonington. In Ohio, a transit bus may have experienced a mechanical malfunction before it crashed and overturned near the University of Akron campus. Finally, authorities in southern California are investigating whether a transit bus driver experienced a medical emergency during a crash in Newport Beach.
At Least Six Injured in Connecticut Greyhound Bus Accident
A bus crash in southern Connecticut left several people injured on Sunday night. The Connecticut Greyhound bus accident was reported just after 8:00 p.m. on Route 2 in North Stonington.
Officials said the Greyhound bus smashed into a Chevy Malibu as it was pulling into a driveway near Wheeler Middle and High School. The driver of the Malibu, 41-year-old Kimberly Ann Messinger, was trapped in her vehicle after the accident and had to be extricated by first responders.
Messinger was taken to Backus Hospital with undisclosed injuries. According to NBC Connecticut, a passenger in the Malibu was also taken to an area hospital, though a Connecticut State Police report does not mention a passenger.
The bus was transporting 38 people to Foxwoods Casino when the Connecticut Greyhound bus accident occurred. Five bus passengers who complained of back pain, neck pain, and a hand injury were transported to area hospitals.
The Connecticut Greyhound bus accident is still under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Connecticut Greyhound bus accident marks the third time that a Greyhound bus has crashed in the state within the last nine months. Nationally, FMCSA statistics for Greyhound show more than 1,000 violations. Four of these violations were issued in Connecticut within the last nine months for speeding between 11 and 15 miles-per-hour over the posted speed limit. This means that Greyhound buses were going as fast as 80 miles per hour on Connecticut highways.
Joe Fortier, a truck driver based in Connecticut, says the company he works for uses GPS to monitor its drivers to ensure that they are not speeding. Buses, on the other hand, “run too fast,” according to Fortier. “There’s no doubt.”
Casino buses have also been in the news a lot recently in Connecticut. Last month, a bus transporting 55 people from Queens, New York to the Mohegan Sun Casino crashed and rolled over on Interstate 95 north of Madison. The February 9 crash left about two dozen people with injuries.
An investigation following the Madison crash uncovered multiple violations against the bus company, Dahlia Group, Inc., as well as the bus involved in the wreck.
Two Hospitalized After Bus Flips Over in Akron, Ohio
Two people were taken to area hospitals on Sunday after the transit bus they were riding in crashed and overturned in Akron, Ohio. The crash was reported around 12:37 p.m. near the intersection of South High Street and Selle Street.
Authorities told the media that there were eight people aboard the GoBus at the time of the accident—a driver and seven passengers. GoBus is a transit bus program that connects Athens to other cities within Ohio.
Two of those aboard the GoBus were hospitalized with minor injuries. Two others were injured but refused medical treatment.
The accident happened near the University of Akron campus. According to the Athens Post, officials are still uncertain whether any students were among those injured in Sunday’s accident.
At this time, the cause of the Akron bus accident remains under investigation.
Bus Driver in Orange County Accident May Have Had Medical Episode
An Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus hit a planter in front of a building on Sunday evening, injuring several people. The OCTA bus crash was reported at around 7:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Pacific Life Insurance Company building at 700 Newport Center Drive.
According to local law enforcement, the OCTA bus may have experienced some kind of medical episode prior to the accident, though officials are still in the midst of an investigation. What we do know is that the OCTA bus drove up an embankment and crashed into a planter in front of the Pacific Life Insurance Company building. Authorities are uncertain whether the bus was driving on its normal route at the time of the accident.
All eight bus passengers were able to extricate themselves from the vehicle in the aftermath of Sunday evening’s crash. The Orange County Register reported that five passengers and the bus driver were taken to area hospitals for treatment. All are expected to make a full recovery.