Philadelphia bus accident: 16 workers injured, 1 critically, when brakes failed

05/18/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Philadelphia, PA—An out-of-control bus packed with temporary workers overturned in Port Richmond, sending 16 people to area hospitals with injuries. The bus crashed around 2:36 p.m., Monday, May 17, 2010, as reported by

The brakes on the bus reportedly failed as it sped down an I-95 exit ramp into a T-intersection with East Westmoreland Street. The bus then fishtailed into a telephone pole, which caused the top of the back of the former school bus to be torn off. Passenger Brett Cusatis, 26, who was sitting near the back of the bus, was ejected out of the “gaping hole” at the back of the bus and landed on the pavement. Custais refused medical treatment.

Custais stated to officials that he heard the bus driver yell that he had no brakes before impact.

Nearly 11 medic units rushed to the scene to transport 16 people to the hospital. One passenger was taken in critical condition to Hahnemann University Hospital.

Del Val Staffing LLC owns the bus, which was carrying 22 people at the time. The bus was transporting workers from Bellmawr, Camden County when the crash occurred.

The six other workers who were not injured in the wreck remained at the scene while police questioned them. A private van transported the workers home afterward.

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