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Bus driver killed, dozens injured in Pennsylvania bus crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A tour bus driver was killed and dozens of passengers hospitalized on Monday when a bus traveling from Kentucky to New Jersey rear-ended a tractor trailer on the Pennsylvania Turnpike east of Pittsburgh.

Authorities said the driver was killed when the bus, operated by New Oriental Tours and carrying Chinese and Korean tourists, slammed into the rear of a flatbed tractor trailer in the turnpike's right-hand lane near Donegal, about 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

He was identified as Bo Hua Tan, 39, of New York City, according to the Westmoreland County coroner's office.

The 7:20 a.m. crash sent 23 passengers to local hospitals for treatment of injuries, said Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman Bill Capone. Another 33 passengers were uninjured and were taken to a nearby service plaza.

It was not immediately known whether any of the passengers were U.S. residents.

The accident was the most recent in a series of fatal crashes.

Four people were killed in May when the driver of a Sky Express bus headed to New York City crashed in Virginia when the driver fell asleep. The company was found to have dozens of past violations for fatigued driving.

In March, 15 people were killed when a bus returning from a Connecticut casino veered off a highway in New York City.

Two days later two people were killed in a bus crash on a New Jersey highway. The driver of the bus, a New York City resident, was trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene, authorities said.

Capone said road conditions were dry at the time of Monday's crash, and that left-lane shoulder repairs were in the process of being removed, leaving two lanes open. The truck driver was uninjured.

The bus was owned and operated by the New Oriental Tour Company and Mr. Ho Bus Services, with registrations in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)

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