Palm Beach Passenger Bus Crash Kills 3, Injures 24 Others
A crash involving a commercial passenger bus and three other vehicles on a Palm Beach Highway killed three people and injured 24 others, authorities said.
One of the people killed was in a car that struck a pickup truck from behind around.
The bus driver took evasive action to avoid hitting the disabled car and its driver, but the lost control of the bus. The bus overturned onto its right side. It was then sideswiped by a semi-truck, according to police report.
Palm Beach Fire Rescue said emergency crews had to extricate several people who were trapped in the bus using a tool that pries open parts of a vehicle. Photos show a mangled car that’s almost entirely flattened and the bus on its side.
At least two of the injured were airlifted from the scene by medical helicopters.
It wasn’t immediately known whether the other two persons who died were bus passengers or were in one of the other vehicles involved.
Police said the names of the three dead were being withheld until relatives could be notified.
According to the bus driver’s president, two drivers were on the bus and they were among those hospitalized. Travelers who didn’t require hospital treatment were placed on another bus.
He also said that the company has cooperated with authorities and will help provide transportation for any passengers upon their release from the hospital.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving four vehicles, which ultimately, resulted in the death of three people. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident so that the family and friends of the victims can get justice and have a closure. 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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