Police are investigating a New Mexico bus crash that killed two and injured 12 on June 23rd, 2019. Officials say the charter bus was carrying a church group back from Denver to New Mexico when it crashed near Pueblo, Colorado on I-25.
Colorado State Patrol reported that 5 adults and 10 children were on the bus when it veered off the road about 10 miles from Pueblo. Officials say that the bus was coming back from a conference in Denver when it went off the road after striking a bridge support.
One of the Victims Was a Seminarian
Jason Paul Marshall is one of the victims to be killed as per the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The 53-year-old was a seminarian of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The second victim to be killed was identified to be Anthony Padilla as per the LoboCatholic.
Bus Crashed into an Embankment
The bus belongs to ‘Follow the Sun Inc.’ which is based in Albuquerque. The bus crash took place on southbound I-25 near mile marker 109 according to a tweet by the Colorado State Patrol. They say the bus crashed into an embankment about 45 miles before Colorado Springs.
Officials reported that 12 people were rushed to the hospital, while one was flown to Colorado Springs.
The church group was said to be attending the Steubenville of the Rockies conference in Denver as per a Facebook post by the University of New Mexico Aquinas Newman Center.
Bus Accidents are Common in New Mexico
The Department of Transportation stated in a report that each year 377 bus accidents take place in New Mexico. Most individuals are likely to experience significant injuries in bus crashes owing to their size and lack of seat belts.
Research shows that each year there are 14,000 injuries and almost 300 fatalities because of bus accidents. It takes an experienced passenger bus accident attorney to claim compensation from all responsible parties.
Most Accident Causes are Preventable
Virtually, all factors that may contribute to a bus collision are preventable. This involves enforcing safe hiring practices and training drivers thoroughly. Most accidents will not occur in the first place if companies exercised safety.
Almost all accidents occur because of negligent or inadequately trained bus drivers. Other common factors include DUI, lack of safety restraints, and poorly maintained buses. Bus companies often ignore maintenance issues to increase profits. Passenger bus accident lawyers can make sure that the cause of the accident is portrayed in the best light so as to maximize compensation.