Early this morning the passengers of a Megabus tour bus headed from Philadelphia to Toronto, with scheduled stops in Syracuse, New York and Buffalo, were injured in yet another accident involving the low-clearance train bridge that crosses over Onondaga Lake Parkway.
According to the Syracuse roadway accident lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, the accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Onondaga Lake Parkway, which is also known as County Route 370. The Parkway is a high traffic roadway that runs parallel to Onondaga Lake. It is owned by the County of Onondaga. Even through accidents involving the low-clearance bridge have been occurring here for years, the County of Onondaga has not taken steps to eliminate the risk of collision.
Syracuse accident lawyer Anthony S. Bottar, Esq., commented that “the County has been on actual notice for years that the train bridge presents a hazard to motorists, but it has failed to eliminate the risk of injury to commercial vehicles utilizing the roadway.” New York dangerous roadway lawyer Michael A. Bottar, Esq., added that the the parties likely responsible for the injuries are the driver of the truck and his employer, the bus line. However, the County may share some fault. “For example, the County has not closed the parkway to traffic other than passenger cars and trucks despite what may be dozens of accidents. Instead, it has allowed the roadway to remain open to all traffic with little warning to unwary drivers about the well-known bridge hazard.” Bottar added that he has heard local residents refer to the low-clearance railroad bridge as “the can-opener.”
The individuals and families involved in the accident should contact a Syracuse accident lawyer immediately, as there is limited time to file appropriate papers against the County — perhaps as few as ninety (90) days.