Accidents involving large vehicles often have devastating consequences. Because of the sheer weight and size of buses and trucks, even a minor collision can have a deadly outcome. A Texas car crash involving a FedEx truck and charter bus left two people seriously injured.
Two individuals were injured in a collision involving a FedEx truck and charter bus on December 9 at 2:56 p.m. The accident occurred on the I-20 in Palo Pinto County, Texas while en route to Friday’s state semifinals in Abilene.
The Truck Driver Suffered a Medical Condition While Driving
A FedEx truck driver, later identified as 64-year-old Jon L. Coffey of Durant, Oklahoma, possibly suffered a medical condition when he moved from eastbound traffic to westbound traffic, according to the Department of Public Safety.
After the accident, the FedEx driver was taken to a nearby local hospital. His health status is unknown at this time. A passenger, who was reportedly napping at the time of the collision around 2 p.m., remained unharmed.
Charter Bus Driver Injured
The 41-year-old Mansfield resident Taliah N. Mims was identified as the charter bus driver. She was the only person injured as a result of the incident and was taken to a nearby local hospital for treatment. No information about her wounds has been disclosed.
Kids on Their Way to a Football Game in Abilene Were Involved in the Accident
The charter bus was carrying kids, school officials, and parents from Gunter ISD westward to a football game in Abilene and has been heading westbound. The vehicle was transporting 33 passengers in total at the time.
Charter Bus and FedEx Truck Collide on I-20: Statement from Gunter ISD
Following the accident involving the FedEx driver and Charter bus driver, Gunter ISD released this statement:
We wanted to let you know that a Fed Ex truck has hit one of our football buses that was traveling to the football playoff game. EVERY STUDENT IS SAFE, AND NOT HURT. Our administration is working hard to divide the students and place them on the other two buses. Please don’t call or text the coaches or administration team. They are putting all efforts into taking care of the students.”
Filing a Claim for Injuries
Accidents involving commercial trucks differ from those involving other vehicles. This is mainly because the cases are complicated. After all, numerous parties could be held accountable for the damages incurred. Victims must seek the assistance of a knowledgeable truck accident attorney to navigate liabilities.
In addition to the driver, numerous others may be held accountable for a commercial traffic collision. A corporation that employed the driver can be held responsible for the crash, or a lawyer might extend the truck’s manufacturer’s liability if the incident resulted from a mechanical fault.
Furthermore, the employer or independent driver might be held liable for carelessness if they fail to get the vehicle regularly inspected and maintained. An accomplished lawyer can assist injured victims in obtaining the compensation they require for lost wages and medical costs.
In the meantime, be safe and stay alive!
- CBS News, Forth Worth