A fatal double-decker Megabus accident occurred on Friday which took the lives of four passengers and seriously injured several others. According to the New York Daily News, the bus driver got lost while en route to Regional Transportation Center on Park Street in Central New York and ended up on the Onondaga Lake Parkway where the bus crashed into a bridge overhead. The bus, carrying 28 passengers, including some Pennsylvania residents flipped over.
Four people, including two teenagers were killed in this tragic bus accident. Two of the individuals who were seriously injured and one of those killed were living in Philadelphia before the accident. One of the victims was a 39-year old woman visiting from India and another victim was a 35-year old reverend from Malaysia who was doing a tour of the United States. The bus originated in Philadelphia and was scheduled to stop in Syracuse, Buffalo and Toronto according to a representative of the bus operator, Coach USA. The bus crash shut down both sides of the highway for hours and 24 passengers were taken to a local area hospital. The 59-year old bus driver suffered a head injury but was able to speak to investigators. It is not believed that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2008, there were 307 commercial bus accident fatalities. While bus accidents are fairly uncommon, the sheer size and lack of safety restraints in some of these vehicles can contribute to the tragic outcome that can occur as a result.
Those who are injured in bus accidents caused by another person’s negligence may be entitled to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus crash, the dedicated and competent Pennsylvania bus accident attorneys at Anapol Weiss can help. With unparalleled experience in bus accident injury litigation, our lawyers understand how to examine all evidence and build a strong case to ensure that you are compensated fairly and that negligent parties are held responsible for their actions. Call Anapol Weiss at (866) 735-2792 to learn more about your legal rights.