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Bus accident takes lives and leaves questions in its wake

A serious bus accident can put passengers and drivers at risk. If a driver is behaving dangerously, the people inside may be unable to do anything to prevent a collision. When it happens, any injuries they suffer should be paid for by the driver, the bus company or other liable parties.

In this case, there were 10 people injured and another six people killed in an accident that took place on Nov. 1. The news reports that a school bus veered out of its lane and into oncoming traffic, ramming its way through the side of a Maryland Transit Administration bus.

The collision resulted in both drivers of the buses passing away at the scene. Four other passengers on the MTA bus also died in the crash. As of Tuesday evening, there were two passengers in critical condition. Fortunately, no children were on the school bus at the time of the crash.

The school bus had been headed on its first route at around 7:00 a.m., when it hit a Ford Mustang from the rear. It then continued on and hit a pillar at the entrance to the cemetery on Monastery Avenue. The bus did not stop; instead, it kept going for another block before it hit the driver's side of the MTA bus.

The investigative team still doesn't understand what happened to cause the school bus driver to leave his lane. A school bus aide who was in the accident suffered minor injuries and will be talking to police to discuss the crash. The drivers who passed away included a 33-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man. The four passengers that were killed were between the ages of 32 and 51.

An additional eight passengers, the driver of the Mustang and the school bus aide were all injured in the crash. Two people in critical condition included a 29-year-old woman and 40-year-old man. No other serious injuries were reported.

So far, it's not clear if speed was a factor in the crash, but there were no skid marks. There was a camera on the school bus, so a video may be able to be recovered. For passengers in situations like this, the video may reveal the party at fault, so they can begin their legal claims.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Police, NTSB investigate Baltimore school bus-MTA bus crash that killed both drivers, 4 passengers," Colin Campbell and Jessica Anderson, Nov. 01, 2016

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