JUCO football bus crashes killing 4, injuring 42

A bus carrying members of a junior college football team, as well as coaching staff and a few family members, crashed near Rockingham, N.C., killing 4 people and injuring 42.

According to North Carolina Highway Patrol officials, the front tire of the bus blew out, causing the bus to swerve, hit a guardrail, side-swipe a bridge and burst into flames.

Members of the Ramah Juco Academy Football team, as well as some players from Clinton College were on their way to Fayetteville, N.C., to play the University of God’s Chosen.

Troopers believe that Darice Hicks, 10, Teto Hamilton, 19, Devonte Gibson, 21, and the bus driver Brian Andre Kirkpatrick, 43, died in the crash.

The crash forced a closure of the highway for nearly 10 hours after the incident.

How A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

While dealing with a bus company and uncovering its role in a preventable accident can be difficult for injured passengers or family members who lost someone in a fatal bus accident, bus insurance companies can be equally complicated, making advocacy important to those seeking to distinguish their rights and protect their loved ones.

In addition to the negligence of a bus driver or a bus company, bus accidents in Texas can also be tied to the negligence of other drivers sharing the roadways.  School buses and commercial travel and tour buses are not often outfitted with lap belts or seat belts, making them a dangerous environment, should a bus become involved in a serious auto accident.  Occupants of a bus can be ejected or thrown about a bus as a result of an accident and because of the lack of safety restraints.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a bus accident, call our personal injury attorneys for a free consultation today. Here at The Carlson Law Firm we have a team of experienced attorneys, private investigators, nurses and support staff who are ready to assist you with your legal issues 24/7. We care, we can help.


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