A bus bound for Cleveland has crashed, killing at least one person and injuring dozens more, according to local reports. Pennsylvania police responded to the auto accident in the early morning of Oct. 9. An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, as investigators are in the process of recreating the accident parameters at the time of this writing.
Preliminary reports indicate the bus was headed westbound on Interstate 180 around 1:30 a.m. when the driver rear-ended a flatbed truck heading the same direction. The force of the impact injured more than 40 passengers, whose injuries ranged from minor to serious. Most were transported by ambulance to local hospitals.
One woman was declared dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the flatbed was uninjured, and the driver of the bus was undergoing medical treatment at the scene. Police have not speculated as to the cause of this accident — it is unknown if negligence or intoxication is suspected on the part of either driver at this juncture.
While this auto accident could have been considerably more tragic, one woman is dead and dozens others have suffered injuries. Pennsylvania law will demand that culpability be identified in this case, either on the part of the truck driver, the bus driver, or both. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, injured parties may choose to seek damage reparation in the form of personal injury law suits against either driver and possibly the bus company. The next-of-kin of the deceased victim will also be entitled to file for wrongful death.
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Source: cleveland.com, Greyhound bus bound for Cleveland crashes in Central Pennsylvania, killing one, Cory Shaffer, Oct. 9, 2013