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Accident on major interstate leaves five dead, 60 injured

Trucking and bus accidents are different from other motor vehicle accidents in a number of ways. First and foremost, they are more dangerous. Because of their size and weight, large trucks and buses can cause a lot more damage in a collision than a smaller vehicle, and so they are much more likely to lead to serious injury or death. Trucking and bus accidents also raise different legal issues.

Recently in another state, three people were killed and many others injured in a terrible accident involving trucks and a bus. The crash resulted in almost 100 miles of freeway being closed for several hours while authorities investigated and cleaned up the wreckage.

Investigators also indicated that some of the deaths and injuries were because victims were ejected from the bus and, possibly, other vehicles. In addition to the five fatalities, 60 people suffered significant physical injuries. Rescuers transported several dozen people to local hospitals. While most received treatment and were released, a few people had to be transferred to larger urban areas, and some suffered injuries authorities described as critical.

Authorities who investigated the accident, including some from the National Transportation Safety Board, said that the driver of the bus was traveling in the inside lane when he hit the middle barrier dividing the highway. This error caused the bus to spin out of control, which in turn started the chain reaction accident that led to the pileup.

In a typical personal injury or wrongful death accident involving two cars, the injured person may hold a negligent driver liable for their damages. However, in an accident involving a truck, bus or other commercial vehicle, there may be other parties who can be held liable as well. For example, a negligent truck driver's employer may share some or all of the liability. Trucking and transportation regulations can come into play in these cases as well, making them highly complex.

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