Driver Charged in Bucks County Charter Bus Crash

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013  |  Updated 8:20 PM EDT
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Driver Charged in Bucks County Charter Bus Crash

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Nearly three dozen teens and adults from Bucks County are in the hospital after a charter bus heading towards Pennsylvania from Boston struck an overpass. The Boston Fire Department provided NBC10 with several pictures from the scene.

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Two months after a Philadelphia charter bus crashed on a Boston highway, Massachusetts officials are filing criminal and civil charges against the driver.

The bus slammed into a highway overpass in Boston, injuring 35 high school students and chaperones.

The Bucks County group was returning home from a trip to Harvard University.

Most of the injuries in the Feb. 2 crash were minor, but a handful were serious.

17-year-old Matt Cruz, from Neshaminy High School, suffered the most severe injuries.

Massachusetts State Police said in a statement released Tuesday that Samuel Jackson of Philadelphia faces several charges, including a criminal count of operating negligently to endanger.

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"We want them to know there is a family that is waiting for justice," said attorney Tom Kline before the charges were filed. He represents three of people who were injured.

"We are waiting and watching very carefully to see that the right thing is done here," said Kline.

Jackson, 66, also faces civil violations of failing to obey a sign banning buses from the Department of Conservation and Recreation roadway.

Police say Jackson did not slow down as his bus tried to go under the 10-foot-high overpass.

He could not be immediately reached for comment.
 

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