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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Wheels fall off Fung Wah bus on Pike in Framingham

FRAMINGHAM

In the latest trouble for the Fung Wah discount bus line, the wheels literally fell off a New York-to-Boston bus on the Massachusetts Turnpike today. The bus pulled into the Framingham service area shortly before 8 a.m.

None of the 30 passengers on board were injured, but State Police cited the company after two of the tandem rear wheels on the right side of the bus detached from the vehicle's rear axle as it was headed from New York to Boston.

State Police arrived to find the two right rear wheels had severed from the bus axle. Investigators said the bolts appeared to have been sheared off, an indication that the lug nuts may not have been properly tightened.

The bus passed its most recent inspection by state officials, on Nov. 29. Officials with the state Department of Telecommunications and Energy, which regulates commercial bus lines, said they are now asking Fung Wah officials for detailed repair reports on the 2001 Van Hool bus since that inspection.

The bus was about 20 miles from South Station in Boston when the incident occurred. Another Fung Wah coach was dispatched from Boston to pick up the passengers.

-- Mac Daniel

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