Lawyer Blames Rail Officials At NY Bus Crash Trial


Salon Staff
February 22, 2012 2:18AM (UTC)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The trial of a New Jersey bus driver charged with the deaths of four passengers in an upstate New York crash has opened with a defense lawyer blaming railroad and public officials for failing to fix a dangerously low overpass after numerous accidents.

The lawyer tells an Onondaga (ahn-uhn-DAH'-gah) County judge that John Tomaszewski (tom-uh-SHEV'-skee) had never been on the Onondaga Lake Parkway before but ended up there when a car blocked his usual route. Tomaszewski says he didn't see the overpass outside Syracuse until just before his Megabus plowed into it on Sept. 11, 2010.

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Prosecutors said Tuesday that Tomaszewski was checking a personal global positioning system device and ignored numerous warning signs.

The 60-year-old from Yardville, N.J., chose a non-jury trial on four counts of criminally negligent homicide.


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