Ceremony held in BX for 15 killed in tour bus crash

THE BRONX - Relatives of the 15 passengers who died in a tour bus crash last weekend held a Buddhist ceremony at the site of the crash on I-95 in The Bronx today.

One lane of the highway was closed for about an hour this morning to allow for the ceremony, which was blocked from view to avoid rubbernecking. A bell tolled and family members walked in a circle to honor the victims.

The bus was returning March 12 to Manhattan's Chinatown from an overnight trip to a Connecticut casino when it flipped over and was sliced in half by a pole.

The bus driver, Ophadell Williams had his driving privileges suspended. Police have not yet released results of Williams' drug and alcohol tests.

Officials say Williams has a criminal record and served time for manslaughter in connection with a 1990 stabbing.

Associated Press reports contributed to this article.

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