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Saturday Bus Accident on I-80 Left Almost 2 Dozen Injured

Posted on Oct 08, 2012

On Saturday, the accident occurred just after 7:30 a.m. The the bus, owned by AVM Max 2000 of Toronto, was traveling eastbound on Route 80 near Exit 53. The driver, Neville Larmond, 51, of Toronto, told police he was cut off by another vehicle as he exited onto Route 46, an exit ramp that curves to the right. Instead, the bus continued straight. It went off the left side of the road, rolled onto its side and 70 to 80 yards into the ditch, barely missing a large concrete abutment.

State Police could not immediately confirm Larmond’s account.

"The investigation will look at everything — what were the conditions of the road, what was the weather like," acting State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman said. No charges have been filed, he said.

Larmond was among the injured, having suffered a gash in his arm, police said.

A man who answered the phone at AVM Max 2000 this afternoon said he had spoken to the driver from the hospital, but offered no details about the crash. A company listed as AYM MAX 2000, but with the same Toronto address as AVM Max 2000, is listed on a federal Department of Transportation website as "not allowed to operate" in the United States.

According to the transportation department, AYM MAX 2000 has received five safety violations since April 2011. In May of this year, the company was cited for using a fatigued driver, according to the USDOT website.

As of Monday, 3 passengers remained hospitalized.

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