Submitted by Allison Chase, President of Chase Transportation Group Inc.
On Friday May 9, 2014, at about 11:38 p.m., a Great Lakes trolley was turning left onto State Route 104 (Bridge Street) from West Seneca Street. During this turn our trolley contacted two individuals who were crossing the street on foot.
Our driver immediately stopped the trolley and contacted the appropriate authorities.
Police, fire and EMS units responded. On Saturday May 10, 2014, I (Allison Chase) traveled to University Hospital to check on the condition of the airlifted victim.
While talking with the victim and his parents I learned that he had no broken bones or serious injuries and that he was being discharged from the hospital and would be going back to college that day.
Our goal at Great Lakes Trolley is to always provide safe and reliable transportation to all of our patrons and members of the community.
We work diligently to prevent these types of accidents from occurring.
We are deeply saddened that this incident occurred, but very relieved it wasn’t more serious.
Great Lakes Trolley operates under an “Operating Authority” issued by the NYS DOT Passenger Division.
As part of this authority, our buses must meet strict safety standards and are inspected by a NYS DOT safety inspectors every six months.
Additionally, our drivers must meet strict training requirements and are subject to random drug testing.
Any accident involving our drivers or buses must be reported to the NYS DOT for further investigation.
Immediately following this accident, the NYS DOT was notified.
Great Lakes Trolley and our driver have cooperated with the investigation at all levels.
Immediately following the accident, the Oswego City Police Department impounded the Trolley pending further investigation.
On Tuesday May 13, 2014, a NYS DOT inspector traveled to Oswego to determine if any mechanical issues contributed to the accident.
No deficiencies or damages were found and this vehicle was returned to normal operating service.
The NYS DOT requires post-accident drug and alcohol testing involving a vehicle operated under a NYS operating authority.
Our driver was taken from the scene of this accident directly to the Oswego Police Department where he was questioned regarding the incident and a breathalyzer test was administered.
He was then taken to Oswego Hospital Emergency Room to have blood drawn for a post-accident drug test as is required by NYS DOT law.
Our driver has operated buses for more than 20 years with no accidents what so ever.
He was very upset Friday night and continues to be very concerned over the welfare of the individuals in this incident.
By his choice, he has not driven for us since Friday the 9th, but plans to return to work soon.