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Queens Casino Bus Was Speeding at Time of Crash

Thursday, July 05, 2012

A Queens-bound bus was apparently speeding when it careened out of control outside the city and crashed Wednesday, injuring 24 people on board, investigators said.

Investigators are continuing to probe the cause of the crash that happened near New Rochelle shortly after 6 a.m. The bus was on an early morning route from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut to Flushing, Queens.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said bus company Star Tag Inc. has received four citations for unsafe driving in the last two years and every recorded inspection resulted in vehicle maintenance violations.

Zone Sergeant John Maasz with the Newburgh State Police said the investigation is still pending, but officials said it appears the driver was driving too fast for the wet conditions.

The state police said that the New York State Department of Transportation is responsible for inspecting Star Tag Inc's buses.

In March 2011, 15 people were killed when a bus returning to New York City from Mohegan Sun crashed.

The National Transportation Safety Board later found that driver fatigue contributed to the accident.

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