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Bus company president praises driver involved in accident Monday

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Questions were raised after Monday night's accident involving a school bus on the Garden State Parkway that sent more than three-dozen students to the hospital.

The bus, driven by 54 year old Christine Williams, of Pleasantville, was on its way to Atlantic City from Charter Tech High School in Somers Point, when it ran off the road for reasons that are still under investigation.

The bus is owned by Safety Bus, and on Tuesday, its president praised the driver for bringing the bus to a stop and responded to witness reports that the rear wheel came off of the bus.

"I believe it did come off, how or why it came off I do not know why, whether it was from impact or what the situation was," said Safety Bus president Tom Dugan.

Dugan said that a pre–trip inspection is required every time the buses are taken out and that inspection includes a check of the bolts on the tires.

"It's very visual if a lug nut loosens, the line no longer matches up, so you'll have a pink slash in one section on the bolt and the lug nut with pink on it will be off."

Dugan says the safety of the students are of the utmost concern to the company.  State Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

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