Lawsuit filed against driver and bus company involved in fatal crash in MS

The fatal wreck happened on November 14.

Posted: Nov 29, 2018 4:48 PM
Updated: Nov 30, 2018 12:07 PM

A lawsuit has been filed against the driver and the bus company, Teague VIP Express, involved in the fatal crash in Mississippi. The bus was travelling from Huntsville to Tunica, Mississippi when it crashed in severe weather, resulting in 2 deaths and 44 injuries.

The lawsuit was filed by George Nance and Hassie Nance, who are both residents of Madison County. The suit claims the driver was going too fast for the weather conditions and that the accident report showed the driver, Robin Vance, did not have a valid licence.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol would not release the completed crash report, because it contains victims' personal information. They did say the bus was not going over the posted speed limit, but was possibly going too fast for the road conditions.

The suit claims the bus had a known history of out-of-service defects. The Federal Motor Coach Association showed the company as a whole had 13 violations since February of 2017, which included problems with the steering systems of a bus. We don't know if this specific bus had violations.

Josh Wright, the attorney who filed the lawsuit, said a crash like this should never happen. He filed the suit in Alabama, he said, because nearly everyone on board the bus was from Alabama.

Wright said a commercial driver whose license is suspended should never be able to get behind the wheel and transport people. He also said it's 100 percent up to the driver to be safe in whatever the conditions are and that this didn't happen here.

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