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Bus Accident Reopens Investigations

Steve Wagner

A tragic tour bus accident in California is calling for further investigation as Federal Transportation Authorities look for causes, and also attempt to find ways to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in bus accidents each year.

The accident involved a FedEx truck, a sedan and a tour bus full of high school students. The FedEx truck crossed the median, struck the sedan and then slammed into the tour bus. Many of the injured high school students were able to escape, but shortly after the crash, the vehicles exploded, causing a fiery disaster.

Three chaperones, five students, the FedEx driver and the bus driver were all killed in the crash and following explosion. Federal investigators at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are searching for the cause of the crash, as there were no tire marks on the road to indicate the truck driver had applied his brakes at any point.

The NTSB has issued recommendations in the past to protect riders and bus drivers in situations like these; recommendations included seatbelt installations, emergency exit and fire-safety rules and education, but no word has been released on whether these recommendations had been followed in this case.

Indiana has recently heard similar recommendations, as the debate over school bus seat belts is still unresolved. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, the lawyers at Wagner Reese may be able to offer you assistance in claiming your compensation. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 for more information on our bus accident case results, and schedule your free consultation today.


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