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Bus company owner apologizes for crash; stands by driver

The owner of a bus company whose tour bus crashed into a concrete overpass in Boston, leaving a teenager in critical condition, has apologized to the dozens injured in the collision.

The owner of Philadelphia-based Calvary Coach insists, however, that the 66-year-old driver of the vehicle is "a very good driver" who is apparently not at fault for the bus accident.

A 17-year-old boy in the Soldier's Field Road crash continues to battle life-threatening injuries at Boston Medical Center, according to a news report earlier today.

The bus driver and bus company owner reportedly are claiming that the crash is due to a failure of the GPS system to warn the driver of an approaching low overpass at the Western Avenue Bridge. The 10-foot overpass is too low for a commercial vehicle such as the bus to drive under.

State police officials noted that the road is marked with yellow signs warning of the presence of the low overpass.

The bus was transporting high school students and chaperones from Pennsylvania to Harvard University. It was on its way back to Philadelphia with 42 passengers on board when the crash occurred Saturday evening at about 7:30.

According to a news report, a Bucks County teenager called her mother in the moments after the crash, telling her that "the roof is on top of us."

That report said parishioners at a suburban Philadelphia church were asked to pray for a teenage boy who had suffered a severe neck injury and was about to enter surgery.

Everyone is pulling for these injury victims; let's hope their recoveries are swift and complete.

Source: Boston Herald, "Bus owner sorry for accident," Feb. 5, 2013

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