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New Mexico Bus Crash Death Toll Reaches 9

The ninth person to die in a western New Mexico bus crash was identified as an infant, who was receiving treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit, says a hospital spokeswoman.

About the Fatal Bus Crash

The spokeswoman for the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Alex Sanchez, was not able to provide any additional details on Monday, and the patient’s name has not yet been released.

According to reports, who reportedly spoke to the child’s parents, Christy Westerdale and Joseph Chandler, the infant has been identified as Jordyn Rose. They said that Westerdale went into labor after the bus crash, which happened on August 30th.

UNMHSC posted recently on their Twitter page, saying that three more patients still remain hospitalized following the collision of a tractor-trailer and a Greyhound bus on Interstate 40 near Thoreau.

According to the police, an eastbound tractor-trailer owned by JAG Transportation of Fresno, California, crossed into oncoming lanes after a tire failure on August 30th. The greyhound bus was traveling from Albuquerque to Phoenix, with intentions to continue on to Los Angeles, while the truck was carrying produce from Marina, California to Memphis, Tennessee. It took place 100 miles west of Albuquerque.

Police have reported that the driver of the truck was 35-year-old man. The man hasn’t been identified because he is not facing charges, says the New Mexico State Police.

A spokesman for the State Police didn’t respond to an email regarding potential updates to the investigation.

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.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

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.

5 of 8 New Mexico Bus Crash Victims Identified

Five of the eight people killed in a New Mexico bus crash on Thursday have been identified, and the medical investigator has announced the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

About the Fatal New Mexico Bus Crash

Authorities have reported, based on an interview with the driver, that the tractor-trailer blew out a tire and veered across a median before it hit a Greyhound bus head-on. According to New Mexico State Police, the accident occurred on I-40 near Thoreau.

The first five victims were identified as Charla Bale, 34, Terry Mason, 45, Veronica Jean Williams, 49, Sadie Thomas, 50, and Luis Alvarez, 50. Alvarez was driving the bus when the accident happened.

“My heart goes out to the families of these victims. We are always diligent to try and identify decedents quickly so we can release them back to their families,” Dr. Kurt Nolte, chief medical investigator, said in a statement. “We know there are other families who are still waiting for word of their loved ones and we are using several identification methods to make those identifications.”

New Mexico State Police and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will continue an investigation on the incident. The NTSB will be analyzing information from the electronic logging devices (ELD), which have been mandated for all commercial vehicles since December 2017, for the Greyhound bus and the semi truck. The ELDs collect data by synchronizing with the engine of a vehicle to record driving time.

According to the NTSB, the ELDs are important to the investigation because they provide information on the vehicle’s motion.

Jag Trucking, Inc., which began operating in 2014, has been identified by the NTSB as the operator of the semi truck. The company began the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program un 2014, which was required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and completed the program with a satisfactory rating.

On Monday, NTSB investigators will meet with Jag company representatives and are attempting to schedule an interview with the driver. They’re currently an unrated carrier.

The NTSB has subpoenaed blood tests for both the semi driver and bus driver, and have begun the process of interviewing passengers on the bus for more information on the injuries caused by the crash.

The agency released photos of investigators inspection of the left tire of the truck, which may have caused the accident.

Bus Accident Statistics

  • In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported approximately 11,000 bus accidents resulting in injuries.
    • 22,000 people were injured in these accidents
    • 281 people were killed in these accidents
  • There were 109 fatalities involving a crash with a school bus in 2014 — the most of any bus type.
    • 83 fatalities involving a transit bus
    • 47 fatalities involving a cross-country, intercity bus
    • 11 fatalities involving a van-based bus
  • Of the 281 fatalities in crashes involving a bus, 44 were occupants on a bus.
    • 79 pedestrians were killed in crashes involving a bus (27.8 percent of all bus-involved crash fatalities)

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

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8 Dead, Dozens Injured After Semi Crashes with Bus in New Mexico

A greyhound bus and semi-truck collided on a New Mexico interstate near the town of Thoreau, resulting in the death of eight passengers, and dozens of people injured.

Details of the New Mexico Bus Accident

Seven bodies of those died were found on Friday at the scene of the collision. The eighth person died after being taken to the hospital according the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigator.

ABC News reported that 33 people have been taken to the hospital, some in critical condition.

New Mexico State Police said the semi was heading east when it blew a tire, causing the truck to cross the median into oncoming traffic, hitting the Greyhound bus.

Although the crash resulted in multiple deaths, the driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Both the bus and truck sustained serious damage, testifying to the severity of the crash. The front of the bus completely crumbled after the crash, and smashed. The truck was upside down, torn to pieces, and covered in debris. Large parts of both vehicles were torn off in the crash.

The truck driver, Santos Soto III, said he saw people sobbing on the side of the road as bystanders tried to comfort them.

Greyhound said the bus, which originated in St. Louis on Wednesday, had stopped in Albuquerque and was en route to Phoenix with 47 passengers.

“We are fully cooperating with local authorities and will also complete an investigation of our own,” Greyhound spokeswoman Crystal Booker said in a statement.

The crash forced the closure of the westbound lanes of the interstate and traffic was backing up as travelers were diverted.

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.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

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3 Injured, 1 Critical in MTA Bus Crash

A driver is in grave condition after crashing into an MTA bus at the Patapsco Avenue light rail station in the Lansdowne area, reported MTA.

Details of the MTA Bus Accident

According to reports, the accident happened at about 4:45 p.m.

A private vehicle was driving east on Patapsco Avenue when it hit a bus that was leaving the station, “causing extensive damage to both vehicles” MTA spokesperson Sandy Arnette said.

The driver was taken to Shock Trauma with grave injuries.

The bus driver and two people on the bus suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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.

18 People Hospitalized After School Bus Crash in Broward County

A mid-morning school bus crash along a busy Broward County roadway sent 18 people to the hospital with minor injuries Friday morning.

Details of the Broward County School Bus Crash

According to ABC Miami, a total of 14 kids onboard the school bus were transported to area hospitals. 10 of them were transported to Broward General Medical Center and four others were transported to Plantation General Hospital.

Four adults were also hospitalized. According to Florida Highway Patrol, none of the injuries were considered to be serious.

The children were part of a group from a Pembroke Pines church heading to a volunteer project, according to those associated with the group. The bus was operated by World of Kids Transportation.

The families of the students involved were told to contact Florida Highway Patrol for reunification information.

Bus Crash Statistics Overview

Buses and trucks made up just 11.9 percent of fatal crashes on United States roadways in 2015. In 2015 the number of bus crash statistics rose slightly.

  • 257 fatal bus crashes
  • 49 bus occupant fatalities
  • 295 total deaths in all bus crashes for 2015
  • 14,000 bus crashes that resulted in injury
  • 53,000 bus crashes that resulted in property damage only

There were 888,907 buses registered nationwide and they traveled 16.2 billion miles during 2015. A breakdown of fatal bus crashes is as follows:

  • Intercity buses –32 deaths
  • Transit buses and school buses –190 deaths
  • All other types of buses – 35 deaths

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

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 ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

17 Injured in Missouri Bus Crash

More than a dozen people were injured Monday when two buses collided in Berkeley, Missouri.

About the Missouri Bus Crash

According to FOX 2 News, as many as 17 people were transported to the hospital after two buses collided at the intersection of N. Hanley and Stella Avenue.

All passengers were conscious and none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening; however, passengers did complain of neck and back injuries.

At least one passenger accused one of the buses of speeding.

The accident remains under investigation.

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.

21 Children Hurt After 5 School Buses Crash in New Jersey

Nearly two dozen children suffered minor injuries following a chain reaction crash involving five buses in Medford Lakes, New Jersey.

Details of the New Jersey School Bus Crash

Officials have reported that five school buses rear-ended each other on Tuckerton Road around 4:00pm Monday. The buses were dropping off children who attended the JCC Medford Day Camp.

According to NBC Philadelphia, first responders at the scene reported that 21 children, two bus drivers, and one staff member suffered minor injuries in the crash. Fortunately, none of the injuries sustained by them were life-threatening.

The injured individuals were taken to Virtua Voorhees and Virtua Mount Holly hospitals for treatment. The other 67 campers and 10 staff members were taken back to the JCC Camp on additional buses and reunited with their families.

The buses involved in the crash are owned and operated by the Safety Bus Company based in Pennsauken, New Jersey. The company had no comment Monday night.

The Medford Township Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the incident.

School Bus Accident Statistics

On average, of 30 school-age children are killed each year in school-transportation-related crashes — most of them outside of the bus or in other vehicles — according to newly updated federal data.

According to NHTSA, from 2006 to 2015, there were 324,710 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,172 (0.4%) were classified as being related to school transportation.

Even within the school-transportation-related fatalities, less than a quarter of those killed are children. In the 2006 to 2015 time span, NHTSA’s data show that 1,313 people of all ages were killed in crashes related to school transportation, with 301 of them (23%) being school-age children (age 18 or younger).

The report also shows that most of the child fatalities take place outside of school buses or in other vehicles. Of the 301 school-age children killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:

  • 54 (18%) were occupants of school transportation vehicles
  • 137 (46%) were occupants of other vehicles
  • 102 (34%) were pedestrians
  • Eight (3%) were cyclists

According to NHTSA’s data, of the school-age pedestrians killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:

  • 61% were struck by school buses.
  • 3% were struck by vehicles functioning as school buses.
  • 36% were struck by other vehicles involved in the crashes.

NHTSA defines a school-transportation-related crash as one that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

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 ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

3 Dead, 22 Injured in New Mexico Bus Crash

Three people are dead and 22 are injured following a collision involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles in Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Details of the New Mexico Bus Crash

According to U.S. News, the fatal crash occurred early Sunday along Interstate 25, about 18 miles north of Albuquerque.

While the cause of the fatal collision was immediately released, Sandoval County Fire Chief James Maxon did reveal that the collision involved a passenger bus, an 18-wheeler, a pickup, and a car.

Emergency crews had to extricate several people who were trapped in the bus using a tool that pries apart sections of a vehicle.

It is currently unknown whether the three deceased victims were passenger of the bus or if they were traveling in other vehicles involved. Maxon did say that 35 people were on the bus at the time of the collision and that emergency responder assessed 38 people.

Large Truck and 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.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

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 ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

One Dead After Bus Crashes into Philadelphia Home

One person was killed and several others were injured in Philadelphia on Thursday after a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority bus crashed into a home in the city’s Northeast side.

Authorities are calling this a freak accident, CBS Philadelphia reports.

Details of the Fatal Pennsylvania Bus Crash

Chaos erupted in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday night at the intersection of Frankford and Morrell Avenues when a SEPTA bus ran a red light shortly after 6 p.m., hitting two cars, before crashing into a home, authorities say.

Police say the bus had at least 10 passengers on board as it was traveling eastbound on Morrell Avenue. Upon making a turn onto Frankford Avenue, it ran into a white Lincoln. The woman driving that Lincoln then hit a red Ford Fusion that was going northbound on Frankford.

The authorities said that three people sitting in the front of the home that the bus crashed into. The bus hit a 21-year-old woman, and 28-year old man who were both taken to the hospital. A 53-year old man who was hit died instantly.

The 49-year-old bus driver was also taken to the hospital.

Damage was suffered to the front of the home. Licenses and Inspections will be on scene to look at the physical integrity of the home, but that pales in comparison when a life was lost enjoying a summer day outside.

Detectives spent the early part of the evening looking through internal and external video from the bus. That video will provide the real story about what happened.

Bus and Truck 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.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

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 ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

 

San Antonio Motorcyclist Killed in Austin Trucking Accident

A motorcyclist was fatally injured Tuesday as a result of a multiple-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer.

Details of the Fatal Austin Trucking Accident

According to KXAN, the fatal crash occurred around 4:13 pm on State Highway 71 near SH 130 in southeast Travis County.

A preliminary investigation suggests the motorcyclist, identified as 64-year-old Brian Jeffrey Hastings of San Antonio, was parked on the eastbound shoulder of the Highway when he pulled into the main lane and collided with a Volkswagen Golf.

Hastings lost control of his motorcycle and traveled across several lanes of traffic before being struck by an 18-wheeler.

The accident remains under investigation.

Texas Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents result in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

Contact an Experienced Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced commercial trucking injury attorneys are available to respond to semi-truck accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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