Although the Chinatown bus services out of New York City has been a great benefit for New Yorkers looking for a cheap trip out of town, there have been numerous reports of accidents involving some of these bus companies over the years. And, after so many of these horrific bus accidents, the federal government has stepped in and has shut down two of the bus lines.
Both the Lucky Star and the Fung Wah bus lines have been closed for failing to provide safe and reliable busses. Although it is unclear if the companies will be able to re-open after making improvements to their safety procedures and busses, the federal Department of Transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, has made it clear that the department will not allow dangerous busses to operate.
It is not just these Chinatown busses, however, that have been shut down. Another bus company in Niagara Falls has also been closed after it required its drivers to repair their busses, despite never checking to see if their drivers were qualified mechanics. There were a few other out-of-state companies who were also shut down by the Department of Transportation.
For Lucky Star, it was found to have put passengers on extremely dangerous busses. One such bus had a large hole in its bottom, as well as other damage to the bus frame. Fung Wah busses have also been involved in numerous accidents, including one in which a bus caught fire only moments after its passengers had evacuated.
Though cheap busses are certainly nice for quick vacations, being injured in a dangerous bus accident can lead to serious injuries and death. Fortunately, if passengers are injured in just such an accident, they can file personal injury lawsuits against the bus company and, potentially, the driver.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Lucky Star, New York City-Boston Bus Service, Shut Down By Feds," June 6, 2013