The driver of the charter bus that collided with an MTA bus in a crash that caused three deaths and sixteen injuries was speeding, according to a report from the federal government.
According to ABC7, a National Transportation Safety Board investigation determined that Raymond Mong, the driver of an empty Dahlia tour bus, was driving between 54 miles per hour and 62 miles per hour on Northern Boulevard when he plowed into an MTA bus on Monday morning. The speed limit on Northern Boulevard, where the crash took place, is 30 miles per hour.
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Mong, 49, was a former MTA bus driver who was fired in 2015 after he got a DUI in Connecticut. He was killed in the collision, as were Henry Wdowiak, 68, a nearby pedestrian and Gregory Liljefors, 55, a passenger on the MTA bus. Mong was illegally employed by the Dahlia Group, which was supposed to inform the DMV he was working for them due to his history of reckless driving, according to DNAinfo.
In the aftermath of the crash, the Post reported that City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, who heads the council's Transportation Committee, said he would be holding a hearing to determine how the city can assert more power over charter bus companies.
Only the federal Department of Transportation can revoke a bus company’s operating permit. While the city can't end the Dahlia Group's operating charter, despite the fact that it had racked up 11 unsafe driving violations, it can restrict the roads that private bus companies travel on and where they pick up passengers.