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Most Fung Wah Buses Pulled From Road For Safety

BOSTON — Massachusetts inspectors say they have found serious safety problems with buses used by a popular discount bus service operating between Boston and New York City.

(Nick Sherman/Flickr)

(Nick Sherman/Flickr)

Department of Public Utilities Chair Ann Berwick said inspectors looked at nine Fung Wah buses and found serious problems in eight, including cracks to the frames.

Berwick said those cracks could have led to serious accidents.

“We’re not talking about a blown taillight here or there,” she said. “If the crack were in the drive axle, there could be a problem with loss of steering.”

Berwick said the state negotiated an agreement with the company to take all 21 of their older buses off the road. Six of the company’s buses are still operating.

“They’re not actually running regular service right now,” Berwick said. “There’s actually only six in operation right now, because one was already being repaired.”

Berwick said the state has also sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation asking them to declare an imminent hazard which would effectively shut down the company until it could operate to the satisfaction of federal inspectors.

The bus company declined comment Monday.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

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  • http://twitter.com/ReneeColeGaga @reneecolefakegaga

    I believe it. On my last Fung Wah trip in Dec, we heard a huge bang. The entire 2 windows on the left of the bus had shattered and fallen off from the outside. We were an hour from NYC and the driver pulled over, shrugged and kept driving. The people seated there were totally freaked out that the rest of the inside glass panel was going to smash in on them during the ride because we kept hearing loud cracking noises. I’ll be forking over the extra $10 for Mega Bus next time. lol

  • gorilla monsoon

    It is my policy to NEVER BUY ANYTHING MADE IN CHINA! It usually falls apart after being used or worn briefly. The cheap prices are worthless. Fung Wah is a prime example of how that is, and it could be deadly.

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