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May 10, 2013 |

COLLISION BETWEEN BUS AND TRAIN KILLS ONE AND INJURES SEVERAL

May 10, 2013 - Car Accidents

Mass transit vehicles are important forms of transportation and are frequently used by residents in Pennsylvania. When a bus crashoccurs, not only can severe damage occur but the collision could also result in multiple injured victims. These large-scale vehicles can carry numbers of passengers and are usually not equipped with safety restraints. When a bus collision occurs, the passengers could be tossed around and could endure serious injuries. Drivers should use caution when traveling near or behind mass transit vehicles because they tend to make frequent stops.

A fatal collision recently occurred between a bus and train in Evans City. At around 8 a.m., a rural bus carrying senior citizens and people with developmental disabilities entered a train crossing and appeared to have stopped on the train tracks. The engineer saw the bus, sounded the horn and attempted to stop the train. His efforts did not prevent the collision that caused the bus to travel about 20 feet. The bus did not overturn but the crash resulted in the death of an elderly woman. About 10 passengers on the bus suffered injures from the accident.

Police are still investigating the bus crash and are determining whether the dense fog that morning had any contribution to the accident. The family of the deceased passenger has the option to file a wrongful death claim. The compensation that might result could go towards funeral costs, damages and pain and suffering. Those that were injured in the collision could also file a personal injury claim. This type of claim might help cover medical bills, damages and pain and suffering.

Mass transit accidents can lead to substantial wrecks and many injured passengers. Bus drivers should always remain alert and attentive and avoid driving during hazardous weather such as snow, heavy rain or dense fog. If the driver in this accident was negligent at all, given the bad weather conditions, it may be easy for the victims or their families to prove liability.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, “Pennsylvania Bus Crash: At Least 10 Hurt When Bus Collides With Train In Evans City,” April 26, 2013

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