Local 100 Mourns William Pena, 49, Bus Operator Died in the Line of Duty
The accident occurred at around 5:30 AM when a box truck reportedly driven by a 22 year-old man who stole the vehicle collided with the M-14 bus near West 14th Street and 7th Avenue in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. Both bus and truck wound up against the corner of a building that houses a Chase bank. A coffee vendor's cart and an SUV were also caught in the collision, and the coffee vendor was also injured.
TWU Local 100 Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips, a Bus mechanic by trade, and the former Director of Safety for the Union, responded to the scene along with Safety Directors Frank Austin (Buses) and Tom Carrano (Subways). Phillips briefed the press on the accident. The driver of the truck is being treated for his injuries and may be charged with vehicular homicide. Arrangements for Brother Pena's memorial will be posted on our website as soon as we have them. He leaves a wife and 17 year old daughter. President Samuelsen is asking all union members to contribute to the TWU Local 100 Widows and Orphans Fund to help the family in this time of trial.