Driver of P.G. tour bus that crashed in N.Y. charged with 4 traffic violations Vehicle's brakes were not adjusted


ROSLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- A 30-year-old Washington man was charged with four traffic violations after the Prince George's County-based tour bus he was driving flipped onto its side on a Long Island highway, injuring 15 passengers, authorities said yesterday.

James Anderson was charged with operating a commercial vehicle on a highway limited to automobiles, not having a vehicle inspection report, exceeding the legal number of hours behind the wheel and operating a bus with brakes that were out of adjustment, police said.

The bus is owned by T and S Bus Service of Oxon Hill, in Prince George's County, said Sgt. James E. Marrone, of the New York State Police. Efforts to reach representatives of the bus company were unsuccessful yesterday.

The 15 injured passengers -- eight from Washington and seven from Maryland -- were treated at area hospitals and released. They were among 33 passengers bound for a Patti LaBelle concert at the Westbury Music Fair on Long Island, police said.

According to Sergeant Marrone, the bus was eastbound on the Northern State Parkway in Roslyn Heights just after 6 p.m., when the driver swerved onto the elevated right shoulder to avoid hitting a small vehicle that had slowed in front of the bus.

As the bus mounted the raised shoulder, it rolled onto its left side, slamming into sand-filled crash barrels around a bridge abutment, he said.

A post-accident inspection of the bus revealed that both front brakes were out of adjustment, though it remained unclear yesterday whether that had contributed to the accident, Sergeant Marrone said.

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