Throughout the nation, including in Western Pennsylvania, fatal accidents occur on a regular basis. Some of these accidents involve motor vehicles. When an accident that results in death involves a bus, or other mass transit vehicle, the end result can be catastrophic.
Earlier this week a charter bus in another state was involved in a crash that injured multiple passengers and killed two. According to witnesses, the bus was travelling down a turnpike when something, possibly a blown tire, caused it to cut across lanes of the road and hit concrete barriers. The force of that collision apparently caused the bus to roll over.
According to law enforcement, in addition to the two deaths, 41 people were hurt but survived the crash. While those individuals likely suffered a variety of injuries, a Texas State Trooper indicates that many broke bones in the incident.
At the time of the crash the bus was occupied by approximately 45 people, many of whom were senior citizens. The group was on its way to a casino located in a neighboring state.
Buses are great for transporting groups of people in these types of situations as they are able to move large groups of people fairly economically. Businesses that provide this service are highly regulated by the government and must comply with many safety regulations. When something like this happens, as was the case in this instance, an investigation is usually launched by the National Transportation Safety Board. It is also not uncommon for those who were injured in the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. In addition, loved ones of those who died may file wrongful death claims.
Source: Fox News, "2 killed, 16 in critical condition after bus rolls over in Irvine, Texas," April 11, 2013