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Posted on October 9, 2009

Driver convicted in casino bus crash

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Quintin Watts, a Stockton motorcoach driver, has been convicted of 11 counts of gross vehicular manslaughter for a deadly rollover crash on Oct. 5, 2008. Authorities say Watts apparently dozed off at the wheel. For the full story, click here.

 

First Group weathering recession, expects more growth

 

CINCINNATI — Transportation provider First Group America prepared for the economic downturn by acquiring Greyhound Lines and Laidlaw International in 2007. Now, the company is positioned to grow from a stronger foundation. For the full story, click here.

 

LIRR not joining FRA safety program

 

NEW YORK — Long Island Rail Road is not participating in a federal program that would protect railroad whistle-blowers. The LIRR said it never was asked to take part in the program, but would consider it if invited by the FRA. For the full story, click here.

 

 

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