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Family sues for bus accident death

A school field trip to a holiday event led to the greatest tragedy. In a fatal school bus accident case, the family of a 13-year-student killed in a bus crash filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver involved in the crash and his employer.

Earlier this month, the victim and 30 other Eastern Pulaski School students were passengers in a school bus on their way to a Christmas musical. Three chaperones accompanied them. A truck rear-ended the bus at a railroad crossing on U.S. 31 in Argos.

In the lawsuit, the victim's mother claimed that the truck driver carelessly and negligently drove the truck. She is seeking an unspecified amount, which would fully and fairly provide compensation for her damages, her attorneys' fees and legal costs and other relief.

Specifically, according to her allegations, the driver did not obey the school bus stop arm, which is intended to warn other approaching vehicles and failed to yield to the bus which had the right of way. The plaintiff also charged that the truck driver did not notice that the bus stopped at the railroad crossing.

The driver has not been arrested for the fatal crash. The Indiana State Police will review the final accident report and then determine whether filing charges is appropriate.

Families may be entitled to compensation and damages for the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident caused by another person's negligence or recklessness. An attorney can help obtain evidence and proof for a cause of action.

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