Updated 09/16/2010 06:02 AM
Parkway Bus Tragedy: DOT leader meets with county executive on bus crash
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Officials with the State Department of Transportation say they're working with Onondaga County leaders to address safety concerns on the Onondaga Lake Parkway following last weekend's deadly Megabus crash. The DOT's acting commissioner met with County Executive Joanie Mahoney Wednesday.
Four people were killed and many more hurt when a Megabus driver got lost and crashed into a CSX railroad bridge over the parkway. John Tomaszewski, 59, told investigators he never saw the numerous signs warning of the low bridge.
The DOT commissioner says his department has already inspected the site of the crash and they're evaluating techniques used to prevent bridge crashes in the Hudson Valley to see if those methods would work on the parkway.
In a statement released Wednesday, he adds, "We need to fully understand the incident - including its cause and contributing factors - before we take further steps. As stewards of the state's transportation system, our approach must be thorough, well-informed and reasoned. We need to find the right answers, not necessarily the fastest ones."