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Bus driver’s manslaughter trial begins

The criminal trial of a bus driver who was behind the wheel when it crashed, killing 15 of its 32 passengers, started in New York last week. The driver has been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

According to Reuters, the accident occurred in March 2011 in Chinatown. Passengers on the bus were being driven back to New York from a casino in Connecticut when the fatal accident occurred. The bus driver says he lost control when a semi-trailer cut him off.

However, prosecutors cite the National Transportation Safety Board’s ruling that he was fatigued and has a bad driving record. They say there are no signs of him trying to stop when it slid hundreds of feet, hit a guardrail, and rolled over.


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