4 Killed in Bus Crash; Driver Charged

Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, may have been fatigued
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2011 5:40 PM CDT
4 Killed in Tour Bus Crash; Driver Charged After Fatigue Cited as Possible Cause
The Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team and Motor Carrier Safety Team inspect a bus that was involved in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in Bowling Green, Va.   (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dean Hoffmeyer)

The driver of a tour bus that overturned this morning, killing four people, has been charged with reckless driving. The bus left North Carolina for New York last night, but swerved off I-95 in Virginia around 5am and flipped after hitting an embankment. Dozens were injured, WNBC reports. Police are still investigating but say driver fatigue contributed to the accident, leading to the charges against Kin Yiu Cheung, 37.

The North Carolina-based Sky Express Inc., which offers $30 bus trips to New York, has been involved in four crashes over the past two years, with one injury or fatality, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show. Its drivers have received 17 violations for unsafe driving since 2009. Today’s accident comes on the heels of the March 12 bus crash that killed 15 passengers; authorities say spot safety checks that took place in the weeks after resulted in about 10% of drivers or vehicles being removed from the road. (More bus accident stories.)

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