North Alabama residents file lawsuit against bus company and driver after fatal crash in MS

The suit claims the driver was going too fast for the weather conditions.

Posted: Dec 4, 2018 5:03 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2018 10:41 PM

A second lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the driver and the charter bus company, Teague VIP Express, after a fatal wreck in Mississippi that resulted in 2 deaths and 44 injuries. The bus was travelling from Huntsville to Tunica, Mississippi when it crashed in severe weather.

The lawsuit was filed by Veronica Love, Minnie Allen, Hilda McComb and Willie Corner, who are all residents of north Alabama. This comes after another lawsuit was filed in November against the bus company. Both suits claims the driver was going too fast for the weather conditions.

This lawsuit filed today is 18 pages, compared to 8 from the one filed last week. This suit details specific things the defendants would be liable for if they are found to be at fault.

According to attorney Will League of Huntsville one of his clients, who is part of the suit filed Tuesday, has a broken back. That is not the only injury his clients claim to have, "anywhere from brain injury, spinal injury, fractured bones, ACL's, shoulder surgeries," said League.

League's suit claims the driver, Robin Vines, was not properly trained for the weather conditions and did not handle the situation properly, but there is a lot they still don't know about the accident that could impact any sort of settlement.

"If we find out there was a warning they failed to heed and went in the face of that warning that will rise to wantonness, or punitive damages," said League.

Right now, the Mississippi Highway Patrol still won't release the completed crash report, because it has personal information in it. Previously, they told us the bus was, "possibly," going too fast for the weather conditions.

League and his team have the report, but still need more info, "We're evaluating it, along with our experts, to determine if our re-constructionists come up with the same conclusions that the mississippi highway patrol has," said League.

It could be a while before this and other lawsuits go to court, "I tell clients its like taking a ticket at an ice cream stand; waiting your turn to get to court, so you don't know when that will be," said League.

WAAY 31 called the bus company, Teague VIP Express, and the driver, Robin Vines, but both could not be reached for comment.

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