NEW YORK (WTNH) — Dahlia Group Incorporated, the Flushing, New York company whose bus overturned Monday afternoon, has a history of safety violations, according to Department of Transportation data.
Despite an overall satisfactory rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, inspectors have found 57 violations on Dahlia Tours buses since 2014. Those violations occurred in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Some of those most recent violations included speeding 15 or more miles per hour over the speed limit, following too closely, failure to obey traffic control device, and failing to use a seatbelt. In addition, a driver in Vermont was found with alcohol while on duty.
The FMCSA ranks Dahlia in the bottom 35 percent of carriers for violations and has marked them as a priority for roadside inspection.
At the time of the accident, near Madison, the bus was traveling to Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville.
Buses like this one have been the source of growing scrutiny. Since last summer, more than 1,700 buses have been stopped from driving on Conn. Roads by state or federal inspectors after doing roadside inspections.
In 2014, the News8 Investigators looked more deeply into this issue. State and federal records found that only one third of the buses you see on the road are inspected by the state.
New York Department of Transportation records show of the 61 safety inspections, Dahlia passed all but two.