Bus Bound for Oklahoma Casino Crashes, Killing 2

[caption id="attachment_1808" align="alignleft" width="300"]Oklahoma Accident Lawyer Image Credit: KXAS[/caption] A bus bound for an Oklahoma casino overturned yesterday in Irving, Texas, killing at least 2 people and dozens of others. Reports say the Cardinal Coach Line bus was carrying about 45 people, mostly elderly retirees, to the Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma. Shortly before 9:00 a.m., the bus swerved along a stretch of Highway 161 (President George Bush Turnpike) before the driver lost control and the bus turned onto its side. According to a Texas Department of Safety (DPS) spokesman, "For an as yet undetermined reason, that motorcoach traveled off the right-hand side of the roadway and struck what’s called an impact attenuator, those big rubber things that are on the side of the road, After it struck the impact attenuator, it went back across the lanes of traffic into a grassy area and struck the concrete median. It rode up on top of that concrete barrier and it rolled on its right-hand side, where it came to a rest.” The accident shut down traffic on State Highway 161 for several hours, with the southbound lanes reopening after about four hours, and the northbound lanes remaining closed even longer. At least 36 people were transported to local hospitals, and DPS officials confirmed at least two dead. Witnesses and passengers described screaming and the difficulty in escaping the wreckage as people were lying on top of each other. You could see the people that were obviously in very bad pain and shape and you just couldn’t get to them because there were other people on top of them," a witness who tried to pull people from the damaged bus told reporters, "You had to start with whoever was on top, try to untangle them. People were just screaming." The motor coach was owned by Cardinal Coach Line, a private company with a "satisfactory" rating and no accidents in the past two years. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) dispatched investigators to the scene to examine the accident. In 2009, California bus driver Quintin Watts was charged with vehicular manslaughter when he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, killing 11 people aboard his casino-bound bus. In 2011, New York bus driver Ophadell Williams was criminally charged when he was allegedly so sleep deprived that he crashed his casino-bound bus, killing 15 passengers. Virtually every motor vehicle accident is caused by driver error of some kind: distraction, intoxication, recklessness, or fatigue. Sleep deprivation and fatigue are particular culprits in accidents involving long distance drivers, such as passenger bus drivers and truckers. If you are involved in a transportation accident or trucking accident, you have the right to compensation for your injuries and losses.

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