APNewsBreak: Trucker didn't brake in NY bus crash

November 9, 2011 - 5:20 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A state police investigation has determined that a Michigan truck driver had ample time to avoid rear-ending a slow-moving tour bus on an upstate New York highway but failed to brake and died in a fiery crash that injured more than 50 bus passengers.

The early morning crash in July happened when a Farr's Coach Lines bus traveling from Canada to New York merged back onto the New York State Thruway after pulling over for a mechanical problem.

It was hit by a Flint, Mich.-based tractor-trailer driven by Timothy Hume. The bus burst into flames and 59-year-old Hume was killed.

State police Investigator James Hunt tells The Associated Press that Hume could have fallen asleep or been distracted when he plowed into the bus.