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Truck accident leads to multiple student, chaperone injuries

Pennsylvania police are reporting that one person died and many were injured when a tractor-trailer truck smashed into a school bus filled with high school kids returning from a vocational and technical school. Reports say that the truck inexplicably crossed the centerline when the school bus was travelling southbound on a local roadway. The truck accident appears to have been a near head-on collision.

The driver of the truck perished in the accident, and a number of the children and both adults on the bus were injured. One student was airlifted to a children's hospital and one of the adults was listed in critical condition at the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. Though initial reports were not clear on the total number of injured in the incident, most of the students sustained some kind of injury or were taken to hospitals to have their conditions evaluated.

Even though law enforcement officials are still determining exactly what happened, the school superintendent was quoted as saying there were 22 children and two adults on the bus at the time of the truck accident. In accidents such as this one, Pennsylvania authorities typically investigate and ultimately publish an official accident investigation report.

The injured were taken to multiple hospitals for treatment. As they recover, they, along with their families, may begin to assess their legal rights and responsibilities in regard to the truck accident. Under Pennsylvania personal injury laws, those seriously injured due to the negligence of one or more parties may seek compensation for the economic costs of recovery and other damages suffered. In some cases, those injured can pursue a claim against a deceased person's estate for their negligence contributing to the accident. A thorough review of the evidence and state laws, together with documentation of all medical procedures and costs incurred from the tragic incident may well be helpful should a victim decide to consider a claim.

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "1 dead, others hurt in Pa. school bus, truck crash," March 15, 2012

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