Three people who allege to have suffered "serious bodily injury" in a chartered school bus crash last week have filed suit against Commonwealth Bus Serve and Transportation, claiming the company is at fault for the accident.
The crash occurred when the bus crashed into a concrete median on I-64 last week. The bus was carrying dozens of Jefferson County Public School students who were traveling for a college trip. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are claiming the company failed to appropriately maintain the bus.
The bus was carrying 42 students and four staff members from Waggener High School after a trip to visit Eastern Kentucky University. 32 students and the four staff members, as well as the bus driver, were injured and went to the hospital as a result of the crash.
Investigators are looking into what may have caused the crash, including a blown tire. The bus jerked across lanes of traffic before smashing into the median's concrete barrier. The accident report for the crash has not yet been completed.
According to news reports, the company is licensed as an interstate carrier and had 14 buses with 14 drivers employed in 2010.
The Kentucky State Police has stated that the bus was last inspected in 2011 and was in good standing before the crash. The attorney for the plaintiffs told reporters from the Courier-Journal that all three of the crash victims suffered numerous injuries requiring hospitalization.
Investigators with the Louisville Metro Police Department are looking into whether mechanical failure, including a blown tire, caused the bus to jerk to the left and careen across two lanes of traffic before smashing into a concrete barrier in the median. As of Thursday, the accident report had not yet been completed.