A charter bus collided with a car around 7 am on January 25th, 2020 in northern Kentucky. Campbell County police said the Gold Shield Transportation charter bus was carrying students from Covington Catholic High School.
The bus collided with a car at the intersection of California Crossroads and AA Highway. The car driver was immediately killed. The students were coming back from The March for Life event in Washington DC.
Car Driver Was Heading in the Wrong Direction
The bus was driving at normal speeds when the car coming in the wrong direction hit it dead center. An eye witness Ricky Lynn drove past the scene and told FOX19 NOW that the car appeared to be in the wrong lane.
Weather conditions were reportedly blamed for the accident. Campbell County police reported that one student had a broken nose which was bleeding profusely. There were a few chaperones with bruises and bumps. All injured were taken to different hospitals for treatment.
Communications Director of the Diocese of Covington, Laura Keener, said the bus was headed home after attending the Washington DC event. Campbell County police and EMT personnel were at the scene attending to injuries and handling matters.
Accident Is Under Investigation
Gold Shield Transportation stated the bus driver was injured with minor cuts and bruises and was taken to a nearby hospital. The accident is being investigated by officials from Gold Shield Transportation and Campbell County police.
Campbell County Emergency Management Officer, Greg Buckler, said that the accident could have been a lot worse. Tour bus crashes with full to capacity passengers can result in devastating consequences. The only fatality in the bus accident was the only occupant of the second vehicle.
Tour Bus Accident Lawsuits Can Have Multiple Responsible Parties
All bus accidents are complex because of the several parties or entities involved in the accident. There can be more than one party that is claimed to be at fault for a crash. It takes an experienced cross country bus accident attorney to identify all negligent or at fault parties and to hold them liable.
For instance, if the bus driver has a past history of DUI, the claim can be filed against the driver, the company that vetted the driver, and the bus company for hiring the driver.
According to a 2009 study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) bus crashes caused by poor road and severe weather conditions is fairly common. It generally takes a knowledgeable cross country bus accident lawyer to understand all the handles of a case and to build a winning lawsuit.