Missouri school bus accident, St. Louis semi accident, blamed on traffic slowing for road construction

Missouri school bus accident, St. Louis semi accident, blamed on traffic slowing for road construction

The bus driver’s inattention and close following distance may have contributed to the deadly Missouri school bus accident on I-44 that killed two students, St. Louis Today reported.

As we reported last week on our St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers Blog, the two buses collided with a semi and a pickup truck. More than 50 people were injured in the crash, which occurred as the buses were en route to a Six Flags amusement park.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said the investigation will take weeks. The National Highway Safety Boardsaid it would be more than a year.

Preliminary indications are that a pickup truck slammed into the 2007 Volvo semi, which was stopped for traffic that had backed up due to road construction. The bus driver reported moving to the left to avoid a vehicle stopped on the right side of the road. She was not able to stop in time and struck the pickup and semi. A Highway Patrol report said she was “inattentive.”

The second school bus then rear-ended the first bus, possibly indicating that it was following too closely as well. Both buses are owned and operated by Copeland Bus Service LLC of St. James and were leased to the St. James School District.

Slowing construction was also blamed for another horrific St. Louis semi accident this week; at least two people were injured in a five-vehicle crash on I-64 near New Baden. Vehicles involved included a pickup pulling a trailer, a U-Haul pulling a trailer, a semi, an SUV and a flatbed truck.

The driver of the semi-trailer truck was pulled from the burning rig and flown to St. Louis University Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a Missouri car accident, and you need legal advice, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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