Lawsuits continue to mount against FedEx in the I-5 bus crash that killed ten people. The accident involved a collision between a FedEx tractor trailer and a charter bus carrying students to Humboldt State University. The parents of Mattison Haywood, a school chaperone killed in the crash, become the latest family to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the cargo carrier.
The Haywood suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on July 14, 2014. This suit joins recent lawsuits against FedEx and Silverado Stages, the charter bus company. The family of Ismael Jimenez, 18, who also died in the crash attempting to save his classmates, has filed a lawsuit, alleging wrongful death, along with the families of Jennifer Bonilla who was killed on impact, and Miles Hall, who was severely injured in the crash.
The April 10 crash occurred on I-5 near Orland, when a FedEx tractor trailer allegedly crossed the median and crashed head-on into a bus containing a group of prospective students on a chartered visit to Humboldt State University.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report, after the FedEx tractor trailer crossed the median, it struck a Nissan Altima, and then collided with the bus, which caused both vehicles to roll off the freeway and burst into flames. The drivers of both the tractor trailer and the bus were killed on impact. Eight additional passengers were killed, and occupants of the Nissan and the charter bus received varying degrees of injuries.
The tractor trailer originated at the FedEx facility in Sacramento. The driver had left Sacramento thatmorning, delivered two trailers and picked up two more at a facility in Weeds, California, and was southbound on I-5 en route back to Sacramento. The bus originated in Los Angeles, and was northbound on I-5 en route to the Humboldt State campus in Arcata.
This accident resulted in the tragic loss of life of young students, teachers, and two drivers. And while this accident gained national coverage, it unfortunately is only one of hundreds of accidents that happen on California roadways each day.
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