Five people were killed and another 25 injured when a bus struck a semi-truck and both vehicles caught on fire.
The accident occurred Saturday, July 2 in Wakulla, Florida. The old bus — a retired model built in 1979 — was carrying farmworkers, including a total of 34 adults and children. The bus driver reportedly ran a flashing red light and a stop sign, ultimately colliding with the truck. The impact caused the bus to spin around and strike the truck a second time.
According to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Department, one of the victims was a small child and another was the 55-year-old driver of the semi-truck. The bus had collided with the section of the truck just past the driver’s door. Both vehicles came to rest on the side of the road underneath a power line, and they had already burst into flames by the time first responders arrived.
Law enforcement officers managed to remove many victims from the bus before it was fully engulfed in flames. Without their quick action, there likely would have been many more deaths.
Liability related to bus accidents
Anyone injured in a bus accident has the right to take legal action against any parties deemed to be responsible for the crash. When the liable party is the bus driver, passengers on that bus, as well as victims (or family of victims) in other vehicles, may seek compensation from either the driver or the bus company — depending on the circumstances of the case.
After this recent accident, the bus driver was sent to the hospital in critical condition. The Florida Highway Patrol continued to investigate the accident in its aftermath.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a bus accident, speak with a trusted Manatee County personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh right away.