U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says charter bus companies should be graded for safety and the grades should be posted the way New York City posts restaurant letter grades.
The New York Democrat says letter grades for bus safety are needed after last month’s deadly crash in Queens. A charter bus operated by Dahlia Group crashed into a city bus, killing three.
Records show Dahlia has been inspected 35 times since 2015 with 11 violations found. One person was killed when a bus operated by the company crashed in Connecticut in 2016.
Schumer says that with such a poor safety record it’s shocking that Dahlia was allowed to continue operating.
He is asking federal transportation officials to move forward with a system for posting charter bus safety grades.
In 2016, a Dallas County jury has ordered the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to pay $11 million to the families of two women from Fort Worth and North Richland Hills who were killed in 2013 when a chartered bus crashed on the way to a casino.
The families of Paula Hahn, 69, of Fort Worth and Alice Stanley, 83, of North Richland Hills are to get $6 million and $4.9 million in the suit, respectively.
The women were on a trip to the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant the morning of April 11, 2013, when the bus, northbound on the George Bush Turnpike, veered into guard barrels, swerved across multiple lanes, hit a concrete barrier and flipped over, the Star-Telegram has reported.
Hahn was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family was represented by Dallas attorney Spencer Browne, of Reyes Browne Reilley.