The Washington Post reports that a school bus accident in New Jersey killed an 11-year-old girl and critically injured three other students, two of whom are the triplet sisters of the little girl who died. The bus, which was carrying 25 elementary school students, collided with a dump truck at a four-way intersection in Chesterfield, sending the large vehicle into a traffic signal pole and crumpling the side of the bus. The driver of the school bus was identified as a 66-year-old Beverly resident, and the dump truck driver is a 38-year-old resident of New Egypt.
Authorities report that 17 students suffered injuries, most of them minor. The 11-year-old girl who tragically lost her life was the daughter of a New Jersey state trooper. Her two sisters, along with another young boy, were listed in critical condition at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Students with less minor injuries were taken to other area hospitals for treatment.
Presently, no charges have been filed against the drivers and the investigation is ongoing. A community vigil is scheduled to be held Thursday, February 17, at the Chesterfield Baptist Church.
Though bus accidents account for a small percentage of traffic accidents, when one occurs, the consequences can be severe for those onboard, with serious injuries and fatalities happening as a result of the collision. A 2009 study conducted by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) concluded that human factors and error, such as inattention or misjudgment, were the main causes of 90 percent of the bus crashes examined. An injury or fatality that occurs while an individual is using bus transportation may entitle that person, or his or her family members, to compensation.
The knowledgeable New Jersey school bus crash attorneys of Lependorf & Silverstein are committed to helping individuals who have been injured, or lost a loved one, in a bus accident obtain compensation for their losses and injuries. Our firm has years of experience helping accident injury victims and will work to hold any negligent parties legally responsible. For a complimentary consultation regarding your case, please call (609) 240-0040.