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Church Bus Driver Charged with DWI After Indiana Crash

Dhruv Jatkar1 year ago

Glass of dark liquor on a table next to a car key.

A church bus driver was charged with driving while intoxicated after drifting of the road and crashing in Indiana.

About the Indiana Bus Crash

According to the Chicago Tribune, 82-year-old Wilton B. Carr was charged with driving while intoxicated after he went off the Indiana Toll Road, injuring the passengers.

Among those injured were a 48-year-old man and three children between the ages of 10 and 14,

46 passengers had been on board the bus when it crashed on Monday around 10:40 p.m near the Cline Avenue exit in Gary. Several passengers described being thrown from their seats as the front tires left the ground.

The driver was charged with operating while intoxicated with passengers younger than 18 and operating while intoxicated causing bodily injury.

Bus Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
  • The number of injury crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent between 2009 and 2014.
  • From 2004 to 2014, intercity bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus crashes. School buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 percent.

Who Can Be Held Responsible in a Bus Accident?

If it is determined that a bus driver was negligent in an accident, the driver’s employer may be liable for:

  • Failure to properly train drivers
  • Failure to maintain vehicle
  • Failure to verify proper licensing/certification
  • Negligent hiring practices
  • Negligent supervision
  • Negligent entrustment

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Lawyer

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.


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