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Truck Driver’s Inattention Is Cause of Fatal Bus Crash

State police are wrapping up their report of a fatal crash in New York state and have determined that the truck driver’s inattention caused the accident.

The crash happened last summer and involved a Canandian tour bus and a tractor trailer. The truck driver was killed and 30 of 52 passengers on the tour bus were injured.

According to an article on Syracuse.com, the primary contributing factor to the accident was driver inattention, or incapacity. State Police Investigator James Hunt said, “Either he fell asleep, or he was inattentive in some way. Maybe he spilled coffee on himself, or was reaching around in his sleeper berth to get something and he wasn’t paying attention and didn’t see or realize the bus was in the roadway up ahead of him.”

The tour bus driver had pulled over because an emissions malfunction light came on and he had to wait for the problem to clear. When the light cleared, the bus with its four ways flashing, pulled back onto the interstate when the truck, carrying 14,000 pounds of ball bearings struck the bus from behind.

Those on the tour bus who were injured in this accident may be eligible for compensation from the trucking company. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a large commercial truck, you may have a case. Contact the tractor trailer accident attorneys at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case.