Video of a school bus crash that killed a teacher, a student and injured dozens of others shows the driver veering across three lanes of traffic on Interstate 95.
The video shows the bus entering the highway and immediately crossing three lanes, apparently heading for a spot where authorized vehicles such as police cars can make a U-turn.
The bus was broadsided by a dump truck and broke apart.
The 57-year old driver is charged with vehicular homicide. He denied he was trying to make an illegal U-turn.
A ten-year-old and 51-year-old teacher were killed, and more than 40 others were injured, some seriously.
The 57-year old driver was driving one of three buses taking fifth-graders on a field trip from a middle school in Hobe Sound, about 15 miles northwest of Boca Raton.
According to an affidavit filed by Martin County state police, the 57-year old driver missed a turn for the Stuart Historic Site and tried to make an illegal U-turn on the interstate, crossing three lanes toward a break in the median.
The crash spurred legislative efforts to require buses to have three-point seat belts and to require quicker notification to school districts when their bus drivers commit moving violations.
The 57-year old had had his license suspended 14 times. Some were for administrative reasons such as failure to pay parking tickets, but he also had eight speeding violations between 1975 and 2001, according to state motor vehicle records.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several serious injuries. We 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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