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September 15, 2010
The driver in the bus crash that killed four people Saturday has been placed on "indefinite" unpaid leave. John Tomaszewski, 59, who police said is from Hamilton Township, Mercer County, was driving a Megabus headed from Philadelphia to Toronto when he missed his exit near Syracuse, N.Y. He attempted to double back by taking the Onandaga State Parkway, where he crashed into a low-hanging bridge. Deanna Armstrong, 18, of Voorhees; Kevin Coffey, 19, a Temple University business major from Manhattan, Kan.; a Malaysian preacher; and a computer technician from India died in the early-morning crash.
NEWS
August 31, 2012 | Associated Press
BEDFORD, Pa. - A Pittsburgh pastor who recently got his commercial driver's license is being credited with steering a Megabus to safety when its driver fell ill on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The incident happened about 6 p.m. Monday near the Bedford exit as the bus traveled from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. James Grantz, a pastor at City Reach Church on Pittsburgh's North Side, told KDKA-TV that he noticed the driver was incoherent and he grabbed the wheel. Passengers told reporters that two semis, whose drivers apparently noticed the bus weaving, blocked the bus from going off the road until Grantz gained control of the vehicle.
NEWS
September 25, 2010 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Toronto-bound double-decker Megabus that left Philadelphia the night of Sept. 10 would never reach its destination, slamming instead into a railroad bridge near Syracuse, N.Y., nearly three feet too low for the bus to clear. Four of the 28 passengers would die, and 20 others would be injured along with the driver, in a trip that went disturbingly wrong for reasons investigators still are trying to determine. What that "horrible . . . tragic" crash also did, said Dale Moser, president and chief operating officer of Megabus' parent company, CoachUSA, was put "a certain focus by the public on us. " Moser asserts - and federal transportation records seem to support - "that we are a safe company.
NEWS
May 9, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The driver of a Philadelphia-to-Toronto double-decker Megabus that crashed into a low overpass in upstate New York last year, killing four passengers and injuring 20, was charged Monday with criminally negligent homicide. John Tomaszewski, 60, of Yardville, N.J., entered a not guilty plea through his attorney at an arraignment in Onondaga County Court in Syracuse, N.Y. The crash on Sept. 11 killed a Voorhees teenager, a Temple University student from Kansas, a Malaysian preacher and an information technology specialist from India.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com215-854-5914
A 19-YEAR-OLD music student from Taiwan is frantically searching for a rare violin valued at $172,000 that she left on a bus from Boston to Philadelphia, police said Thursday night. The Megabus on which MuChen Hsieh was riding pulled into the bus area behind 30th Street Station around 11 p.m. Tuesday. "She forgot that she had the violin in the upper overhead compartment," said Lt. John Walker, of the Southwest Detective Division. After she was picked up by a Devon family hosting her while she is in the Philly area, she realized in the car that she was missing a very important - and very expensive - piece of luggage.
NEWS
October 15, 2010 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A South Jersey woman has filed suit after suffering severe head injuries last month in an Upstate New York bus crash that killed four people. Candice Burks, of Mount Laurel, was one of 28 passengers aboard a double-decker Megabus that was traveling from Philadelphia to Toronto on Sept. 11. About 2:30 a.m., driver John Tomaszewski missed an exit to the Syracuse bus station and doubled back. Police said he was looking at a personal GPS device when he plowed the 13-foot bus into a railroad bridge with only an 11-foot clearance.
NEWS
September 13, 2010 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fourth person killed in Saturday's double-decker Megabus crash near Syracuse, N.Y., was identified Sunday as 18-year-old Deanna Armstrong of Voorhees. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper, Armstrong had been a student at West Genesee High School in Upstate New York until recently; her family moved to New Jersey within the last several months. She left the school in her junior year and was returning to the area to visit friends. The bus trip she took originated at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia on Friday night and ended in a crash early Saturday when the driver took the wrong road off an exit ramp and piloted the 13-foot-high bus into a CSX railroad bridge only 10 feet, 9 inches above the road.
NEWS
May 10, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The driver of a Philadelphia-to-Toronto double-decker Megabus that crashed into a low overpass in upstate New York last year, killing four passengers and injuring 20, was charged Monday with criminally negligent homicide. John Tomaszewski, 60, of Yardville, N.J., entered a not-guilty plea through his attorney at an arraignment in Onondaga County Court in Syracuse, N.Y. The crash on Sept. 11 killed a Voorhees teenager, a Temple University student from Kansas, a Malaysian preacher, and an information technology specialist from India.
NEWS
July 30, 2010 | By Sam Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania cities must all look alike to Canadian bus drivers. Either that or this is a lesson in "you get what you pay for. " What other explanation could there be for an unexpected detour taken on a supercheap bus ride from Toronto to Philadelphia? Paul Lucre, 41, had spent five days in Canada and left Toronto at 10 p.m. Wednesday. He was scheduled to arrive Thursday morning in Philadelphia. He was surprised when he woke up in Harrisburg. The slightly bewildered driver pulled over by the side of the road and went to a nearby shopping area to ask directions, Lucre said.
NEWS
October 16, 2010 | By Sam Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
A South Jersey woman has filed suit after suffering head injuries last month in an Upstate New York bus crash that killed four people. Candice Burks, 26, of Mount Laurel, was one of 28 passengers aboard a double-decker Megabus traveling from Philadelphia to Toronto on Sept. 11. About 2:30 a.m., driver John Tomaszewski missed an exit to the Syracuse bus station and doubled back. Police said he was looking at a personal GPS device when he drove the 13-foot-high bus into a railroad bridge with only an 11-foot clearance.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Consider it a tale of two transportation modes. Go to JFK Boulevard in University City and you'll see travelers huddled on the sidewalk like refugees, in the scorching sun of summer and the chilling wind of winter, while they wait for buses to New York or Washington. Then walk across the street to the soaring waiting room of 30th Street Station , where Amtrak riders heading to the same destinations relax in climate-controlled comfort, sipping lattes until their trains are called.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2013 | By Theodore Schleifer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Intercity bus service has steadily grown nationally and in Philadelphia over the last five years, industry experts say, reversing a slow half-century decline across the nation. Discount city-to-city operators, such as BoltBus and Megabus, came to Philadelphia in 2008 and have disrupted the local market dominance of Greyhound Lines. Changes here mirror trends across the nation, where the number of trips by discount carriers rocketed 30.6 percent between 2011 and 2012. Discount operators' success has catapulted the bus industry forward.
SPORTS
June 20, 2013 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
P AT AMARA will never forget the bus ride that mega-affected his life. He hopped on board last Friday, the cost was $150, 6 1/2 hours were required and the destination was Pittsburgh. "The whole way out there," Amara said, "I was thinking, 'This could be my future.' I just kept telling myself to give it my all. " The 6-2, 185-pound Amara, a rising senior at West Catholic High, will play his college football at Pitt. Hey, maybe Megabus could use his likeness on the sides of vehicles with words such as, "A ride with us might be worth thousands of dollars.
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHEN Destined for a Dream, a Bucks County organization that works with at-risk youth, announced in January that it would be taking students to visit Harvard University, the group asked its followers to "keep us in your thoughts and prayers!" They didn't know then how much they would need them. Shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, as the 42 students and chaperones were returning from the trip on a chartered bus, their driver, Samuel Jackson, ignored height-restriction signs and crashed the vehicle into a bridge in Boston, according to Massachusetts State Police.
NEWS
August 31, 2012 | Associated Press
BEDFORD, Pa. - A Pittsburgh pastor who recently got his commercial driver's license is being credited with steering a Megabus to safety when its driver fell ill on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The incident happened about 6 p.m. Monday near the Bedford exit as the bus traveled from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. James Grantz, a pastor at City Reach Church on Pittsburgh's North Side, told KDKA-TV that he noticed the driver was incoherent and he grabbed the wheel. Passengers told reporters that two semis, whose drivers apparently noticed the bus weaving, blocked the bus from going off the road until Grantz gained control of the vehicle.
NEWS
August 6, 2012 | By Ray Long, Deanese Williams-Harris, and Bridget Doyle, Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO - The Megabus coach that crashed en route from Chicago, killing a graduate student from the University of Missouri, was manufactured last year and "had passed a full preventative maintenance check within the past week," the company says. Megabus released the statement Friday as police continue to investigate why the bus lost control and crashed into a concrete pillar of an overpass on Interstate 55 south of Springfield, Ill., Thursday afternoon. State police say they believe the bus blew a tire but are still looking at circumstances of the accident.
NEWS
February 29, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y . - A bus driver was acquitted yesterday of homicide charges in the deaths of four passengers killed when his double-decker bus that was headed from Philadelphia to Toronto slammed a railroad bridge in upstate New York. A judge announced the verdict after a nonjury trial for John Tomaszewski, 60, of Yardville, N.J. Tomaszewski would have faced up to four years in state prison on each of four counts of criminally negligent homicide. "It was a tragic accident and four people lost their lives," a weary Tomaszewski said as he left court with his wife, Valerie.
NEWS
February 29, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The driver of a Philadelphia-to-Toronto bus was acquitted Tuesday of homicide charges in the deaths of four passengers killed when the Megabus struck an overpass near Syracuse, N.Y. A judge announced the verdict after a non-jury trial for John Tomaszewski, 60, of Yardville, Mercer County. "It was a tragic accident and four people lost their lives," a weary Tomaszewski said as he left court in Syracuse. "It's something I'll have to deal with the rest of my life. " Tomaszewski and the bus company face civil lawsuits from several of the crash victims and their families, which had been on hold during the criminal proceedings.
NEWS
February 28, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A bus driver was acquitted Tuesday of homicide charges in the deaths of four passengers killed when his double-decker Megabus crashed into a low overpass in upstate New York while en route from Philadelphia to Toronto. A judge announced the verdict after a nonjury trial for 60-year-old John Tomaszewski of Yardville, N.J. Tomaszewski faced up to four years in state prison if convicted on each of four counts of criminally negligent homicide. He sat with his head bowed and showed no reaction as Onondaga County Court Judge Anthony Aloi read the verdict.
NEWS
February 28, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The driver of a Philadelphia-to-Toronto bus was acquitted Tuesday of homicide charges in the deaths of four passengers killed when the Megabus struck an overpass near Syracuse, N.Y. A judge announced the verdict after a non-jury trial for John Tomaszewski, 60, of Yardville, Mercer County. "It was a tragic accident and four people lost their lives," a weary Tomaszewski said as he left court in Syracuse. "It's something I'll have to deal with the rest of my life. " Tomaszewski and the bus company face civil lawsuits from several of the crash victims and their families, which had been on hold during the criminal proceedings.
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