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Hudson rafting company troubles

The Glens Falls Post Star is reporting this morning that the brakes may have failed on a tubing company tour bus over the weekend, leading to the death of a 15-year-old boy.

According to the newspaper, the man driving the bus told authorities that the brakes failed as he tried to slow on a turn.

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Reported by

Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

The crash occurred on Saturday in Lake Luzerne while 31 passengers and three employees of Tubby Tubes were aboard the bus bound for a rafting trip on the Hudson River.

A 15-year-old boy died and three passengers suffered minor injuries.

The Post Star reports that investigators from State Police and the Department of Transportation plan to examine the bus to determine if there was a mechanical failure.

Tubby Tubes has suspended operations while the investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, the Adirondack Almanack is reporting that the operator of another Hudson river guide service is back in court today.

Patrick Cunningham, head of the Hudson River Rafting Company, is accused of operating his tours this summer in violation of a court order put in place in 2012.

Restrictions on the company were put in place after Hudson River Rafting allegedly sent clients down the Hudson without a licensed guide aboard to insure their safety.

Cunningham told the Almanack this week that he has followed the court order's requirements.  He's scheduled to appear in State Supreme Court this afternoon.

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