An eleven-year-old girl was killed and her triplet sisters injured when
the school bus they were riding on collided with a dump truck in February
of 2012 outside of Philadelphia. The parents of the girls just filed a
lawsuit against the driver of the school bus, the driver of the dump truck,
and the employers of the drivers.
It was one of those accidents where all parties seemed to make poor decisions.
The school bus driver, who had only been on the job for a few weeks and
had already accrued several complaints from parents, allegedly inched
into the intersection then entered the intersection. The truck driver
was driving at high speeds, and the vehicle was over its weight limit.
In addition, the truck’s brakes were not in proper condition. The
truck driver’s license had been suspended for reckless driving in
2003. The bus driver claims he did not see the oncoming truck. The truck
swerved but was unable to avoid hitting the back of the bus. The bus then
spun around and hit a light pole. The eleven-year-old was the only fatality,
but seventeen other students were hurt.
The Prosecutor’s Office is waiting for investigators of the National
Transportation Safety Board to finalize its findings before making a decision
regarding criminal charges against the drivers.
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