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New York

Casino bus crash hurts 24, recalls collision last year

NEW YORK -- A casino bus careened out of control on Wednesday outside New York City, sending 24 people to the hospital with minor injuries and recalling a collision last year that killed 15 casino- goers just two miles up the road, authorities said.

It appeared the driver had been going too fast for the wet conditions, said New York State Police Sgt. John Maasz.

The bus company, Star Tag Inc., has received four citations for unsafe driving in the last two years, and every recorded inspection resulted in vehicle maintenance violations. Most recently, in May, authorities caught one of its motor coaches going at least 15 mph over the speed limit, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The bus was on an early route from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut to Chinatown in Queens when it struck a center median barrier on Interstate 95 in New Rochelle, veered over three lanes, then slid about 500 feet along an outer barrier before stopping.

Florida

Lifeguard fired after saving man off post

HALLANDALE BEACH -- Lifeguard Tomas Lopez helped save a drowning man and got fired for it.

The reason: He left the section of a South Florida beach his company is paid to patrol.

The Orlando-based company, Jeff Ellis and Associates, says Lopez broke a company rule and could have put beachgoers in his section in jeopardy.

The Sun Sentinel reported Lopez was on duty on Monday at Hallandale Beach when a beachgoer asked for help. Lopez said he ran to assist a man struggling in the water south of his post.

By the time Lopez arrived, witnesses had pulled the drowning man out of the water. Lopez and an off-duty nurse helped him until paramedics arrived.

The victim survived and was hospitalized. …