A bus carrying a group of teenagers was involved in a multiple vehicle accident on a recent Thursday in July. The teenagers were on a visit to Tennessee to do missionary work. The mission trip was organized by Johnson University in Knoxville. Several people, including some of the visiting teenagers, were injured in the car wreck. Tragically, one person died.
The bus carrying the visitors apparently failed to stop at a traffic light and crashed into two vehicles. Officials report that it appears the bus could not stop at the red traffic light because of a mechanical problem. The 54-year-old male driver died at the scene of the accident.
At the time of the accident, the bus carried 18 passengers, including 11 teenagers. Seven of the 18 people suffered injuries and had to be transported to a medical center. The injured passengers included two teenagers. There is no indication of how seriously anybody was injured, but none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. A trip to do good deeds turned into a tragic and frightening event.
There is no clear indication what caused the mechanical failure, but should the evidence suggest that the owners of the bus were negligent in a manner that contributed to the fatal accident, the family of the deceased may choose to pursue a wrongful death claim. The injured parties may also opt to file personal injury claims should they have been seriously injured. Successfully litigated wrongful death or personal injury claims in Tennessee may provide for the reimbursement of any monetary damages. Damages awarded in successfully presented claims may assist the victims or their families in recovering from the stress of unexpected expenses occasioned by a car wreck or other motor vehicle accident.
Source: fox59.com, “Indiana teens aboard church bus involved in deadly crash in Tennessee“, Tim O’Brien, July 17, 2014