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Athens — One Student Dead, Two Others Injured After Train-Bus Collision

Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 5:22 am by Williams Hart    

One student was killed after a school bus and a train collided in Athens at approximately 4 in the afternoon on Friday, January 25, 2019.

According to police reports, the school bus was supposedly heading southbound on Cream Level Road, and it drove across the tracks directly in front of an oncoming train. The bus was then pushed by the train about a quarter mile down the tracks and stopped at the Murchison Street crossing.

John Stevens, the 78-year-old driver of the bus, was brought to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. However, his 13-year-old passenger was ejected during the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene while his younger cousin was found trapped inside the bus. She was eventually extracted from the bus and was brought to the hospital in critical condition. It was reported that she was now stable after she underwent surgery.

Fire Chief Russell Marshall confirmed that there were no arms or lights at the Cream Level Road intersection where the collision occurred, only signs.

It is unfortunate to hear of the 13-year-old boy who died in this accident. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a vehicular accident. Vehicular accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In a statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.

An accident involving a train is a particular kind of vehicular accident, and though it is not as common as the other kinds, it can still be quite deadly. The National Transportation Safety Bureau has reported that almost every 2 hours, a person or a vehicle is hit by a train in the United States. A few of the common scenarios in this kind of vehicular accident include derailment, train-train collisions, train-car collisions, train-person collisions, and damage to property.

Additionally, studies have shown that nearly 1,000 people die every year in the U.S. due to a train accident.

Train accidents are undeniably tragic and devastating to the victims and their respective families. They can also be highly complicated. Thankfully, there are lawyers who are experienced in cases like this, so if you are a victim of a train-related accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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