Bus Accident Hauling Immigrant Detainees Injures 40 Near Harlingen

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 15-Nov-2013

A private bus hauling 40 detainees for Immigration and Customs crashed on Thursday morning, sending the detainees and two bus drivers to the hospital with injuries, police reported.

Although the Harlingen bus accident is still under investigation, police said the driver will be drug tested, as is customary is such crashes.

The accident occurred outside Harlingen on Hwy 77. According to police, the driver of the bus reported that he had seen something in the roadway and swerved to avoid it, causing the vehicle to lose control before hitting a nearby guardrail. After hitting the guardrail police believe the driver overcorrected before rolling the bus.

The 40 immigrants were, reportedly, from El Salvado and all have been released from the hospital and back into ICE custody, officials said.

The bus was transporting the immigrants from the Brooks County Detention Center to Harlingen, police announced.

Whether operating private commercial vehicles or public transportation, bus drivers are required to undergo hours of training and certification that provides them with the tools necessary to operate a vehicle in a safe manner. Without proper training and responsible hiring practices, passengers and surrounding vehicles may be put at risk, especially when situations occur that require drivers to react adequately or take action.

Companies who fail to provide employees with proper training or fail to complete adequate background and drug testing may be held responsible for accidents that ensue as a result of intoxicated driving, drowsy driving or poor training.

If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of the negligence of a commercial driver, call our bus accident lawyers in San Antonio, Austin, Waco and statewide Texas at 800-359-5690, contact our bus crash lawyers online or visit one of the ten office locations for our Texas personal injury law firm for a free initial consultation regarding your potential bus accident claim. We care. We can help.

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