Megabus crash details head to a Grand Jury

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reported that the Onondaga County District Attorney, William Fitzpatrick, will present the Megabus crash details to a Grand Jury in early 2011.

During a press conference this morning, Fitzpatrick announced that a Grand Jury will decide if the driver of the Sept. 11 Megabus crash, John Tomaszewski, 59, of New Jersey, will face charges to include criminal neglect homicide, a Class E felony. Fitzpatrick said that a Grand Jury will also determine if CSX, the owner of the railroad bridge, will face similar charges.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 11, sheriff's deputies responded to Onondaga Lake Parkway at the CSX Railroad Bridge in regards to a double-decker Megabus that collided with the railroad bridge. The driver of the Megabus was in route to Toronto, Ontario from Philadelphia, Penn. and was scheduled to stop at the Regional Transportation Center in Syracuse. After exiting Route 81 North, the bus headed north onto Onondaga Lake Parkway. Despite numerous warning signs regarding the 10' 9" bridge-some of which were flashing yellow-and the red reflective tape covering the bottom portion of the bridge, the bus, roughly 13 feet high, continued north on the 55 mph roadway. The top front portion of the Megabus collided with the bottom of the bridge causing the bus to fall on its passenger side. The bus ultimately came to rest under the bridge with its front portion resting against the concrete bridge pillar. Four people were deceased at the scene while the driver and 24 passengers were transported to all four major hospitals in the Syracuse area.

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