INSIDE EDITION Investigates Bus Tour Company
Michael Shub, the owner of the company involved in one of the worst bus accidents in U.S. history that left 15 dead and 15 seriously injured, was not happy to see INSIDE EDITION's Lisa Guerrero when she showed up at the company's offices and asked, "Are your buses safe?"
Passengers on that fatal trip from Mohegan Sun Casino to New York City, described it as a hell ride.
Nancy Wallwork was one of the first paramedics on the scene. She was horrified by the carnage she witnessed. .
"The images of the people that I had to cover up with sheets still stay with me, but I just remember marveling at the scene and being reminded how precious life is," said Wallwork.
The bus driver, Ophadel Williams, was a convicted felon and had previously served two years for manslaughter. After the accident, the company that used him, World Wide Travel of Greater New York, was ordered shut down and Williams was charged with negligent homicide. He had pled not guilty.
Even though the company was shut down, the INSIDE EDITION I-Squad had no trouble going on the company's website to charter a bus for the same exact trip. All we had to do was show up at the company's offices in Brooklyn and drop off a money order. About a week later, in the midst of a storm, we were off to Mohegan Sun Casino.
So how could we possibly book a trip when the company was shut down? It turns out World Wide Travel has a sister company called Great Escapes operating out of the same address using the same buses, same drivers, same website, and until recently, had the same owner.
Rosemary Arnold represents the family of Jose Garcia, a father of three, who she said was decapitated in the accident.
Arnold said, "It doesn't surprise me that this company is operating again."
"That sounds shady," said Guerrero.
"That is completely shady," said Arnold.
INSIDE EDITION tried to get some answers from the bus company, but when they didn't return our calls, we went to their offices in Brooklyn. They immediately closed their doors and locked their gates.
Then, Michael Shub, the owner of the company involved in the fatal crash emerged.
"We'd love to talk to you about your bus company. You're operating out of the same address and conducting the same tours, so what's different?" asked Guerrero.
"We are operating tours, but I'm not operating the bus company," replied Shub.
Guerrero asked, "Don't you own both of these companies?"
"No," answered Shub.
"Is this just a scheme to keep your company operating," asked Guerrero.
"No, absolutely not," said Shub.
Then Shub seemed to be fed up with the questions and abruptly ended the interview as Guerrero asked, "Are you operating a safe company?"
Shub slammed the door shut, but told the I-Squad that the bus tour company is safe.