A group of Philadelphia area school students and chaperones were injured Saturday night when the driver of their bus struck an overpass on a Boston highway.
The Passengers were on their way back from a trip to Harvard University. The trip was sponsored by Bristol PA based Destined for a Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping underprivileged youth.
So far, it appears that all of the passengers survived the crash. 34 passengers were injured. One of them sustained life-threatening injuries.
The driver was identified as 66-year-old Samuel J. Jackson from Philadelphia. Despite low clearance signs, Jackson crashed into a bridge on Soldier's Field Road,a major roadway to the Massachusetts Turnpike around 7:30 PM.
Jackson was driving a bus rented from Calvary Coach based in West Philadelphia. According to PennDOT, Calvary has been cited for two unspecified safety violations in the past.
According to a spokesperson from Calvary, Jackson may have been checking his GPS at the time of the crash.
During the last few years, we have seen an increase in the amount of tour bus accidents. It is disheartening to know that this accident may have been prevented had the driver been paying attention to the road and the warning signs as opposed to driving distracted.
For more information on preventing distracted driving, please visit http://www.enddd.org.
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