Florida residents may have heard of the bus crash that killed four Texas university students on Sept. 25. The fatal wreck occurred near Davis, Oklahoma, on Interstate 35 while the bus was heading back to Texas from a softball game against Southern Nazarene University. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, an 18-wheeler crossed into the southbound lanes of traffic and crashed into the driver’s side of the bus.
Reports say that 15 female softball players were on the bus at the time. Three players were pronounced dead at the scene; a fourth player later succumbed to her injuries at a nearby hospital. The driver of the bus and the remaining nine players were treated at a hospital and released. The 53-year-old truck driver was also taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries before being released.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash; they are still not sure why the semi-truck veered into oncoming traffic. An initial report stated that the weather was clear and dry the night of the crash. In addition to the OHP, a team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to spend a week collecting evidence in the accident investigation. So far, no charges have been filed against the truck driver.
Tractor-trailer drivers are expected to take extensive precautions in order to avoid causing a serious wreck on interstate roads. If a truck driver is speeding or fatigued, a resulting crash could have devastating consequences for other motorists. Those injured of families or those killed in a truck accident might be able to hold a driver and his or her employer accountable in a personal injury lawsuit.
Source: CBS News, “Deadly collision involving college softball team’s bus“, September 27, 2014