Bus Crashes Into Casino Garage

Published August 18, 2003 by OCR Editor

Bus Crashes Into Casino Garage

Thirty people were injured Sunday when a New Jersey tour bus that was apparently too tall crashed into the facade of a parking garage at the Mohegan Sun casino.

One person was reported to be seriously injured, however, most of the injuries were minor, a police representative said.

Police said part of the bus roof sheered off and collapsed onto passengers.

The driver, Willie Blaine, 58, of Irvington, N.J., may face charges, authorities said.

Casino officials said the bus driver meant to take the passengers to Foxwoods Resort Casino, which is several miles to the east.

"The bus was supposed to be going to Foxwoods," said Jennifer Harris, a Mohegan Sun spokeswoman. "He was disoriented. He was not familiar with this garage. He went through an area he should not have been in."

State police said the bus was leaving the Sky Valet area and heading into the Riverview parking garage when it struck the entrance's facade.

Damage to the garage was minimal, casino representatives said.

The bus is owned by Nate's Transportation Inc., based in Newark, N.J.

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