Arizona public safety officials are still sorting through the details of a fatal
motor vehicle accident involving a pickup truck and charter bus headed to Phoenix. Nine people
were injured in the accident, two of whom sustained very serious bodily
harm, and the truck's driver died.
One recent afternoon emergency service personnel were called to a highway
in rural Arizona. When they arrived, they found two severely damaged vehicles
and several people requiring immediate attention. The bus driver and a
passenger sustained severe injuries that required them to be airlifted
to a hospital.
Though Arizona police are still investigating the circumstances of the
accident, they know that that the truck driver was traveling down the
wrong side of the highway, which caused the vehicles to collide head on.
After the bus and pickup truck crashed, a tractor-trailer
collided with the bus, but that truck driver was uninjured.
According to reports, the charter bus was part of a service that runs shuttles
between Phoenix and Mexico. If it's determined that the bus driver
or a mechanical failure also contributed to the accident, then the bus
company could also be held responsible. Authorities indicate that the
bus company has a history of violations regarding the maintenance of their buses.
At this time, it appears as though the pickup-truck driver may carry most
of the responsibility for the accident. Even though the driver passed
away, those aboard the bus who sustained serious injuries may still have
grounds for a personal injury claim. In some cases, it is possible to
file a suit against a deceased person's estate if their negligence
Source: The Arizona Republic, "
1 killed in I-10 collision near Casa Grande involving bus," Domenico Nicosia, Nov. 21, 2012
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