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Driver in NYC bus crash that killed 15 in March pleads not guilty to manslaughter charges
NEW YORK (AP) ' The driver of a tour bus sliced end-to-end by a pole in New York City in a horrific March crash that killed 15 people returning from a gambling trip has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges.
Ophadell Williams was indicted Thursday in Bronx State Supreme Court.
The World Wide Travel bus ran off Interstate 95 at daybreak on March 12 as it was returning to Manhattan's Chinatown from an overnight trip to the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn. The crash killed 15 people, mostly Chinese immigrants, and injured dozens more.
Williams has maintained he was alert and awake, and that the crash was touched off when the bus was clipped by a tractor-trailer.