Six people are dead and at least 34 others have been injured in a Greyhound bus accident in Fresno the morning of July 22, 2010, according to a CNN report. California Highway Patrol officials say the fatal bus crash occurred on the northbound Highway 99 just outside downtown Fresno, near McKinley Street, when the driver of the Sacramento-bound Greyhound bus swerved to avoid an overturned SUV in the fast lane. The bus struck the SUV and another vehicle, before crashing into the center divider of the highway, rolling down an embankment and hitting a tree. Six people have been pronounced dead and at least four have been critically injured. Six others sustained moderate injuries and 24 suffered minor injuries, according to latest reports.
Details Still Emerging
Details are still sketchy and CHP officials continue to investigate at the site of the bus versus car accident in Fresno. Authorities say the bus left Los Angeles the night of July 21, 2010 with 35 people on board. CHP investigators say the driver of the bus, who has worked for Greyhound since 1978, is one of the fatalities. Officials also believe that at least two other vehicles are involved. The condition of the occupants of those vehicles is not yet known.
My heart goes out to the families of these deceased victims and the injured victims. I offer my deepest condolences to all the families who lost a loved one in this crash. They will be in my thoughts and prayers. I also wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Bus Crash Statistics
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) bus crash statistics, there were 39 fatalities and 1,395 personal injuries involving bus accidents in California, in 2008. Nationwide, 307 people died and 17,181 were injured in bus accidents during the same year.
So far, not much information is available about exactly how this tragic crash occurred. There are more questions than answers, especially about the other vehicles and their involvement in this crash. It is also not clear at this point whether the bus driver was at fault and if fatigue played a part. I trust officials are looking at these and other factors in order to determine precisely what occurred here.
Protecting Victims’ Legal Rights
Families of deceased victims as well as injured victims would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. As the facts of this case emerge, a knowledgeable bus accident lawyer will be able to determine who should be held liable for the fatalities, injuries and damages caused. It is very important that the victims of this crash not sign any papers or agreements, or talk to insurance adjusters before they have had a chance to talk to their own attorney.
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