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On Monday, September 25, around 6:15 a.m. there was a motor vehicle accident involving two buses that resulted in three deaths and many others injured. The accident took place at the intersection of Main Street and Northern Boulevard in Flushing, Queens. According to reports, a Dahlia Travel charter bus went through a red light at 58 miles per hour and crashed into a New York City bus.
According to published reports, the driver of the Dahlia Travel charter bus, Raymond Mong, had been involved in prior bus accidents. In 2016, Mr. Mong went through a red light striking Laurence Torres on College Point Boulevard. Prior to that, Mr. Mong received 18 months probation after he was convicted of driving under the influence after fleeing the scene of a three-car accident on Interstate 95. At that time, Mr. Mong was employed by the MTA, which later fired him.
Currently, there are no standards for how many infractions a driver may receive until his or her commercial driver’s license is permanently revoked. According to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Dahlia Travel violated state law when the charter bus company failed to inform New York State that Mr. Mong was a driver for them. According to reports, Mr. Mong was no longer on probation when Dahlia Travel employed him. However, many people are now questioning industry standards and hiring practices.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a bus, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can fight for the compensation you deserve. Goldberg Sager & Associates is experienced in dealing with all aspects of personal injury and is dedicated to helping clients achieve the best possible outcome for their case. Contact the Brooklyn bus accident lawyers at Goldberg Sager & Associates at (347) 497-3245 for a free phone consultation.