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State offers to help stranded bus passengers

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CBS Atlanta News learned Friday that Georgia's Public Service Commission is working to assist several stranded bus passengers that arrived in metro Atlanta on Thursday from New York.

"I don't have any words for this. I just want to get home and my parents are supposed to be leaving tomorrow and they're just worried about how they're going to get the money," said passenger Judith Sera.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered H & W Tour, Inc., in Doraville to immediately cease all intrastate and interstate passenger service after uncovering violations "so widespread as to demonstrate a continuing and flagrant general disregard" for the safety of its passengers and the motoring public.

Evidence obtained during a compliance review disclosed that H & W Tour, Inc., continued to transport passengers without the required level of insurance. The company also failed to conduct drug and alcohol tests for its drivers and did not properly maintain its buses.  

So what's being done for the stranded passengers? CBS Atlanta contacted Georgia's Public Service Commission and got action.

"The Saffron Group has donated about 20 hotel rooms through Cobb Galleria Inn and Exceptional Hospitality.  Greene Limo has donated transportation to help these people to get to these hotels or get to the Greyhound station," said Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols.

Echols also said American Coach and Daniels Charters agreed to pay for bus fares for some of the stranded passengers from New York.

"I just want to get back home that's all," said Sera.

If you are a stranded passenger and need assistance email Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols.

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