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Victim alleges deadly bus accident could have been prevented with GPS

Over the past nine months there have seemingly been a high number of serious and deadly truck accidents and bus accidents in Pennsylvania and in the Northeast. Last September, a deadly Megabus accident occurred near Salina, Pennsylvania and killed four people. One of the passengers from the crash has filed a lawsuit against the bus company. The lawsuit argues that if the bus driver had been provided with a company GPS device, the deadly accident would not have occurred.

The lawsuit claims that the bus company was negligent for not providing the bus driver with an adequate GPS device that would have prevented him from making wrong turns or getting lost. Perhaps out of fears of distracted driving, officials from the bus company have stated it is against company policy to use a GPS device while driving.

On the day of the crash, the Megabus was traveling from Philadelphia to Toronto, Canada and the bus driver missed a stop at the Regional Transportation Center. The bus driver did not take the correct exit off of Interstate 81 to the center and ended up on a smaller parkway. As the bus traveled down the parkway it slammed into a low railroad bridge killing four people and injuring 24 others. According to the local sheriff's office, the bus driver drove past 12 warning signs before hitting the bridge but was distracted by a personal GPS.

The victim who filed the lawsuit was a passenger on the Megabus the day of the accident. The 55-year-old passenger was injured critically from the crash and suffered a traumatic brain injury, fractures and trauma to the body according to the lawsuit. The suit seeks $75,000 in damages.

Source: Syracuse.com, "Lawsuit alleges company-provided GPS could have prevented Megabus crash," Charley Hannagan, Aug. 8, 2011

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