Earlier today, a bus accident in San Bernardino, California, killed one and injured many after a bus carrying a predominately Korean church group collided head on with a fire truck driven by an off duty firefighter. According to the Southwest Riverside News Network, the bus passengers were from the Light of Love Mission Church in Pasadena.
The San Bernardino bus accident occurred on Highway 89, near Lake Gregory Drive, in San Bernardino, California. After the collision, the bus went down a ravine of about 50 feet, before hitting a power pole and then a tree.
In addition to the person on the bus who was killed in the bus accident, 24 more people were taken to hospitals for their injuries. According to CBS2, ten of the victims suffered serious injuries, while 13 had minor or moderate injuries from the crash.
The other vehicle involved in the San Bernardino accident was a sport utility vehicle belonging to the fire department, driven by an off duty firefighter and his wife, who was also seriously injured in the accident.
It is unknown at this time whether it was the bus driver or the firefighter who caused this collision. Because there are serious injuries and at least one possible San Bernardino wrongful death claim, a considerable investigation will need to be conducted to determine the liability for this accident, and who will have to pay for the damages incurred by so many people. If it was the fire vehicle, the injured bus passengers may need to file a government claim for damages with the city in order to preserve their rights. If the bus driver was at fault, it will have to be the insurance company for the bus company that covers most of the wrongful death and injury damages.
Because there are so many claimants and many issues, injured victims or their families should contact a California personal injury attorney right away. Our office has been handling bus accident injury claims for over 30 years and we know how to protect the rights of the injured passengers.