A New Jersey woman received a $4 million settlement after being permanently disabled when a school bus was struck by a commuter bus in 2013.
According to reports, 36-year-old Christine Carhuff from Freehold, New Jersey was a passenger on a commuter bus on the morning of January 10, 2013.
The commuter bus had about 30 passengers on board when it rear ended a 24 seat school bus. The commuter bus then crashed into a tree, and three passengers were thrown from their seats.
The school bus was driven by Tracy Dehart. The school bus flipped over and hit a generator and pumping station off the highway. Fortunately, no children were aboard the school bus.
The crash was recorded on camera from the commuter bus.
According to officials, Jean-Pierre, the driver of the commuter bus, suffered from major injuries.
Dehart and her school aid suffered from minor injuries.
Carhuff was permanently disabled suffering from fractures and injuries to the neck, shoulder, lower back, leg, and ankle. She required multiple surgeries following the incident.
Carhuff filed a lawsuit in summer 2013 against the school bus owner, the Old Bridge Board of Education. The drivers of the commuter bus and school bus were also named in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleged that Daniel Jean-Pierre, the driver of the commuter bus, was negligent by failing to maintain control of the vehicle.
According to Carhuff’s attorney, Old Bridge Township and the school bus company had to pay $2 million apiece.
There was no admission of wrongdoing or liability in the settlement.