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Official: Riders say NYC bus crash driver swerved

NEW YORK — Passengers and witnesses to a horrific New York City crash that sheared the top off a bus and killed 14 people told investigators that the driver's account of getting clipped by a semitrailer truck didn't match up to what they felt and saw before the vehicle slid off the road and into a sign pole.

Driver Ophadell Williams had told police that his World Wide Travel bus was hit just as it crossed the New York City line around 5:30 a.m. Saturday on a trip from the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut.

The Associated Press, citing a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the inquiry, reported Sunday that passengers said Williams had already swerved at times to the right for no reason before the accident.

The bus was returning to New York's Chinatown after a quick overnight trip to the casino. The official said that passengers said they didn't feel anything hit them and that other motorists on Interstate 95 said they didn't see the bus get hit. The official said police spoke to the truck driver, who said he was following the bus.

Williams remained hospitalized in serious condition Sunday and has not commented publicly.

As many as 20 passengers were treated at hospitals following the accident. Six remained hospitalized Sunday, according to a statement from Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. All were in critical condition.

Official: Riders say NYC bus crash driver swerved 03/13/11 [Last modified: Sunday, March 13, 2011 9:24pm]
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