Chinatown Bus Company Involved in Horrific Pennsylvania Turnpike Crash, Killing 5

Posted on: January 6th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Chinatown bus depot, Canal and Allen Sts.

A Chinatown bus with a station on Canal Street was involved in a horrific traffic accident early Sunday morning in Southwest Pennsylvania that killed five and injured sixty.

The interstate coach – headed to Cincinnati via the Pennsylvania Turnpike – hit an embankment, on a downhill curve in Mount Pleasant Township, about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania State Police told the New York Times. The collision started a massive pileup involving three tractor-trailers and at least one other vehicle.

(Two tractor-trailers collided with the bus, then another tractor-trailer crashed into the first two.)

The bus operator uses a ticketing office at 59 Canal Street (next to Upstairs Bar), long a hub for various Chinatown bus companies. And this area is pretty much ground zero for most new operators trying to enter the game.

The Times contacted the Canal Street office. Per the article:

The tour bus belonged to a company called Z&D Tour, Trooper Limani said.

Reached by phone, Chen Dan Yu, who said he was the owner of Z&D, said the bus had been carrying 56 passengers — one passenger short of a full bus — and was headed from New York City to multiple destinations in Ohio.

A Chinatown-based company, Ohio Coach, sold tickets for the trip. Mr. Chen said Z&D had contracted with Ohio Coach for over three years. Ohio Coach did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Sunday.

Mr. Chen said his bus company drives that route every day. Federal records show that Z&D has eight vehicles and 15 drivers and is based in Rockaway, N.J. Mr. Chen said he referred federal authorities to the Chinatown ticket office on Canal Street to confirm victims with a passenger manifest.

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