Potential repeat tragedy avoided on the Parkway
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 22:06:03 GMT —
A passenger bus had to be turned around on the Onondaga Lake Parkway Friday, shortly before a low hanging bridge.
A park ranger saw the bus pulled over on the shoulder of the road Friday afternoon. The ranger knew the bus would not make it under the railroad bridge just ahead.
Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies were called in to help stop traffic and let the bus turn around.
Last September, a Megabus double-decker bus slammed into that same low hanging bridge. Four people were killed in the crash. Several lawsuits have been filed alleging the driver, John Tomaszewski, was negligent. Investigators say he was looking at his GPS after getting lost.
The Onondaga County District Attorney's office is also reviewing the case. D.A. Bill Fitzpatrick is seeking a criminally negligent homicide charge against Tomaszewski.