Fifty Missouri children on a bus were left badly shaken but with no serious injuries after a minivan crashed into it. Motor vehicle accidents can happen in an instant. This one occurred as the bus was making a right turn. A minivan, driven by a 34-year-old man with a 20-year-old passenger, crashed into the rear of the bus. The force was such that both vehicles were sent off the road.
The minivan was almost completely lodged under the bus as a result of the collision. One of the children had looked out the window and noticed that the minivan had caught fire under the bus. Although it is policy for all to remain on the bus in such an incident, once the danger of fire was present, the bus driver had ordered the children off the bus.
The investigation to determine the actual cause of the accident is ongoing. The driver and passenger of the minivan were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Twelve children were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. They were all found to have sustained only minor injuries.
Missouri residents who have been victims of motor vehicle accidents may want to expand their knowledge and understanding of the relevant state laws. This knowledge could help a victim decide the best way to proceed in recovering any monetary damages due to death or injuries suffered as a result of the accident. In this case, if the bus driver is found to be at fault in the accident, the family of the deceased may wish to file a claim. Doing so could help them with the final expenses of their loved ones. Regardless of who was at fault, the parents of any injured children may wish to file a claim as well.
Source: kshb.com, Two dead in accident involving school bus carrying 50 students near Warrensburg, George Haake, Oct. 15, 2013