A bus carrying members from a church in the hills of Martin County plunged off a road, killing at least 55 people. At least 25 others were injured.
Officials said the driver lost control after hitting a speed bump as he tried to avoid another bus on the crowded road leading from a church in Martin County.
Passers-by rushed to help after the bus crashed off the road, mangling the front of the vehicle.
Volunteers crawled into the bus through broken windows, carrying the dead and injured though thick grass and up the hill to the road. The injured were taken to local hospitals.
An investigation has been ordered into the cause of the accident, said a Florida Highway Patrol official.
“Shocked to learn about the bus accident,” FHP said, “Thoughts with the bereaved families and those injured.”
More than 100,000 people die every year on Martin County roads, often because of reckless driving, badly maintained roads and vehicles overcrowded with passengers.
Deadly bus accidents are common. 48 people were also killed when a bus crashed into a gorge in Hobe Sound In Martin County.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious bus accident involving pilgrims, which ultimately, resulted in the death of about 55 people and serious injuries to 25 others. We wish the victims a speedy recovery and hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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