Decorum, PA Greyhound Bus Crash, Jun 1998
GREYHOUND BUS CRASH KILLS 7 IN PENNSYLVANIA.
DRIVER ON LAST RUN DIES, ALONG WITH WIFE AND SON, AS BUS HITS TRACTOR-TRAILER.
Decorum, Pa. - (AP) - A Greyhound bus crashed into a tractor-trailer parked on a mountainous, rain-slicked part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike yesterday, killing seven people. The dead included the bus driver, who was on his last trip, and his wife and son.
At least 18 others were hurt.
The bus bound for Pittsburgh from New York City was carrying 23 people when it veered off the road and slammed into the truck about 4:20 a.m., state police Lt. Richard J. Kovalik said.
The road was wet from rain earlier in the morning and police and federal officials were investigating what industry officials say is among the worst bus crashes in the nation's history.
"This is one of the more significant accidents this company and this industry has ever had," said Craig Lentzsch, chief executive officer of Greyhound.
The truck was parked on a wide shoulder about a mile west of the Tuscarora Tunnel, about 130 miles east of Pittsburgh.
"It is common practice and completely legal for trucks to pull off the road and on the shoulder,"Kovalik said.
The bus driver was SCOTT WISNER, 61, of Pittsburgh, a 10-year Greyhound veteran who was making his last trip for the company and had his wife and son on board.
The names of the other dead and injured were not released, and police did not expect to identify the victims until as late as tomorrow.
Two people were sleeping in the truck cab when it was hit, said Bill Capone, turnpike commission spokesman. They suffered minor injuries.
Of the survivors, one person was hospitalized in critical condition, and another was listed in stable condition. Sixteen were treated for minor injuries, eight were released.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the state police were reconstructing the accident at the scene and interviewing victims at hospitals.
Greyhound had no information on what caused the crash.
Greyhound's Lentzsch said, "This is a normal run and this is an experienced driver, and it's really too early to draw any conclusions."
Regarding speculation that the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel, Lentzsch said: "We follow rigidly and strictly the federal highway safety regulations which permit a driver to drive only 10 hours in a 24-hour period and 70 hours in an eight day period."
Akron Beacon Journal Ohio 1998-06-21
Listing of the Casualties
SCOTT WISNER, 61, bus driver, Boothwyn, Pa.;
his wife MARCIA WISNER, 57.
CHRISTIAN JORGENSON, 8 years old.
SHRAINE McCall, 31.
IME AKAN-ETUK, 59, New York City.
JUVVAKRISHNARAOVENKATASIVA, 30, from India.