The Associated Press reports that a bus driver who caused a fatal crash in New Jersey last week has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. Hudy Muldrow Sr., 77, has a history of license suspensions and caused an accident by trying to make an illegal u-turn across three lanes of highway traffic. A 10-year-old student and 51-year-old teacher were killed in the crash. More than 40 others were injured when a dump truck collided with the school bus.
This bus was among two others taking students and teachers on a field trip to a historic site 30 miles from the middle school. When Muldrow missed a turn, he quickly crossed the lanes of traffic to attempt to make an illegal U-turn. There was a sign that said “No Turn,” and Muldrow positioned the bus so it was perpendicular to oncoming traffic.
Muldrow’s son told sources his father denies making the U-turn.
Between 1975 and 2017, Muldrow had his license suspended a total of 14 times, though many of those were for administrative reasons. He also had eight speeding tickets between 1975 and 2001. He earned his commercial driver’s license in 2012 and school bus endorsement in 2013, and all his endorsements and privileges were valid at the time of the crash.
It is unknown if Muldrow has an attorney. He was taken into custody Thursday.
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