Lawmakers say NTSB will probe tour bus industry

April 4, 2011 4:00:52 AM PDT
Two New York lawmakers say the National Transportation Safety Board will commence a broad investigation of the low-cost tour bus industry in the wake of a crash that killed 15 people.

The announcement Sunday by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S Rep. Nydia Velazquez follows the March 12 crash of the bus on the New England Thruway at the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Bronx. NTSB officials say the driver was speeding before the crash..

Schumer says federal officials will review industry regulations and their enforcement.

The NTSB expects the review to be completed in six months Schumer and Velazquez say legislation on amending regulations could follow.

NTSB officials say the driver was speeding before the Bronx crash..

In the weeks since Ophadell Williams was identified as the driver , unflattering details about his past have come to light. A manslaughter conviction, prison time for grand larceny and driving without a valid license.

His wife says she just knows him as a loving father and husband.

"I don't think your past should dictate your future. Everyone deserves a second chance," Holly Willliams said.

Ever since the accident on March 12, Holly says she's had to shield their 6-year old daughter from news accounts about her father's criminal past.

Williams has been questioned by investigators, who are looking into whether he may have been asleep or distracted when the bus crashed on I-95.

A passenger says in a $200 million lawsuit that Williams was asleep at the wheel. Williams says he was well-rested and alert.