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Officials probe how Bx. bus driver got commerical driver license


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Investigators probing the weekend bus crash that killed 15 passengers on a Bronx highway were focused yesterday on how the driver obtained a commercial driver's license despite his criminal history.

Ophadel Williams, 40, — who was questioned by the National Transportation Safety Board yesterday — served several years in prison for manslaughter and grand larceny, according to reports.

Williams, of Brooklyn, earlier told authorities he was clipped by a tractor trailer before his bus swerved and toppled onto a support pole for a highway sign.

The investigation of Monday’s crash in New Jersey that killed a driver and passenger and injured 41 others is now being focused on the mechanics of the bus, which careened off the road.

Super Luxury Tours, the Pennsylvania-based bus company had 10 unsafe driving violations and 16 fatigued driving violations since 2009, according Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records.

Meanwhile, the NYPD cracked down on motor coaches in Chinatown yesterday, issuing 40 summonses to five companies for various equipment violations. Officers checked for requirements such as log books and fire extinguishers, police said.

(With Reuters)

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