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Warren — 1 Adult Killed, Several Children Hurt in Bus Accident on U.S. Route 69

Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 10:49 pm by Williams Hart   |  Updated: Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 8:55 pm    

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, one adult was killed and several children were injured in a bus accident that occurred in Tyler County, Texas.

According to initial reports, the driver of a bus, 38-year-old Robert Craig, from First Baptist Church of Warren was traveling southbound on U.S. Route 69, when all of a sudden, a passenger vehicle pulled out from a driveway in front of the bus. In an attempt to avoid colliding with the vehicle, Craig tried to maneuver around the vehicle but lost control instead. As a result, the bus traveled off the roadway and struck a tree.

Craig and one of the adult passengers, 62-year-old Doug Sheffield, were brought to hospitals with serious injuries. Meanwhile, a second adult passenger, 42-year-old James Craft Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bus carried six children, ages ranging from 9 to 14 years old, and they were all brought to separate hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

An investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Vehicular accidents are a problem in this day and age, and yet, they still continue to happen on a regular basis. In 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 bus is a particular kind of vehicular accident, and it is fairly common even though buses are often deemed as a safe mode of transportation. According to the NHTSA, between 2000 and 2007, there have been 1,093 fatal bus accidents, and from this number, about 1,315 people died, and 3,471 were injured. In other words, about 137 bus-crash-related fatalities occur every year.

Vehicular accidents, especially bus accidents, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in bus accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for 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 (713) 352-7071 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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