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Bus driver in tragic accident facing charges for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

Earlier today, the New York State Thruway was the scene of a tragic truck-tour bus accident that resulted in at least one fatality and multiple injuries. However, it has since come to light that the driver of the tour bus had previously had his driving privileges in the state of New York suspended over speeding tickets.

The accident occurred when the driver of the bus, 60-year-old Rene B., of Wellard, Ontario, pulled the tour bus - carrying 52 passengers - over to the side of the road to address a mechanical issue with the emission control system.

While police are still uncertain as to the exact cause of the accident and are currently mounting an investigation, they believe it occurred as Rene B. pulled the tour bus back onto the road after fixing the issue, with the tractor-trailer striking it from behind.

The force of the collision ignited a fire, sending both vehicles up in flames. Sadly, the truck driver was killed in the crash.

While the 52 bus passengers were able to escape the flames, 30 ended up going to the hospital for treatment.

It was shortly after the crash that law enforcement officials made the discovery concerning Rene B.'s driving privileges.

Specifically, it appears as if Rene B. received two speeding tickets within a span of three years back in 2006, but neglected to resolve the administrative penalties.

"He has a valid Canadian license but his privilege to operate in New York is suspended," said Major Mark Koss, head of Troop E. of the New York State Police.

Rene B. has since been charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and was arraigned earlier today.

Stay tuned for further updates from our New York traffic law blog ...

A speeding ticket can result in serious consequences, including fines, points against your license, increased insurance rates, license suspension/revocation or even jail time. Accordingly, if you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket, don't just dismiss it.

Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Names have been withheld to protect the identity of the parties.

Related Resources:

Driver of bus in fatal Thruway crash lost New York driving privileges (The Syracuse Post Standard)

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