September 19, 1988
The driver of a bus that went out of control in downtown San Francisco at rush hour, killing three and injuring 15, has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to three counts of vehicular manslaughter. Salvadore S. Orogo was sentenced by San Francisco Municipal Judge J. Dominique Olcomendey, who rejected a prosecutor's recommendation of a jail term.
January 22, 1988
The driver of a runaway commuter bus in San Francisco that killed three pedestrians when it plowed into a rush-hour crowd flunked a training program to become a city bus driver last year, according to officials. "He . . . washed out for poor road performance," San Francisco Municipal Railway spokesman George Newkirk said of Salvador Orogo. Newkirk said Orogo, 53, failed the railway's 35-day training program last spring after six to 10 days, noting that 90% of those who enter the program pass.
January 21, 1988 |
Investigators Wednesday tried to determine if a jammed accelerator or human error sent a commuter bus roaring through a rush-hour crowd, killing three and injuring 15. Horrified witnesses screamed helplessly as the bus mowed down pedestrians and smashed through trees, parking meters and newspaper racks before stopping in a pile of concrete, splintered wood and twisted metal during the Tuesday evening rush hour.
January 20, 1988 |
Three people were killed and nine injured when a commuter bus accelerated out of control across a crowded downtown intersection at the height of the afternoon rush hour Tuesday. Police Chief Frank Jordan said the bus driver, who suffered only slight injuries, told investigators that the gas pedal stuck. There was no indication that the driver was intoxicated, Jordan said. "It's not a pretty sight," the police chief noted.