When it comes to travel, deciding to make a journey by coach bus is comfortable, safe, and economical. Taking a bus rather than driving allows a person to nap, read, or work while traveling. Unlike airports, which tend to be located an hour or more outside of most metropolitan areas, many bus stations are located in the center of the city, allowing for a person to get to where they need to be quickly. Safety is also a huge benefit when it comes to traveling by coach bus. Drivers of coach buses are required to have a commercial driver’s license. Another important safety factor is that buses were designed to be able to withstand an accident without having passenger injuries.
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that a megabus with nearly 50 passengers bound from Pittsburgh to New York City crashed in New Jersey.
The accident occurred shortly after 5:30 A.M. on the eastbound side of Interstate 80 in Blairstown, New Jersey. 48 passengers including the driver were on board while the bus rear-ended a tractor-trailer.
One passenger reported that hours before the accident, the driver had swerved across several lanes of traffic. Passengers in the lower area of the bus near the driver claimed that the driver had fallen asleep. The driver stated that the bus was experiencing transmission problems.
State Police reported that there were only minor injuries; however, passengers reported wounds that were bleeding along with head injuries. Some passengers decided to go to area hospitals while others continued their journey to New York.
Police reported the incident as a “minor crash.” Coach USA, the operator of the mega bus, stated that they were aware of the accident and were cooperating fully with authorities.