A Washington state tour bus accident on east bound Interstate 90 outside of Cle Elum killed Ciro R. Astudillo, 51, and Virginia Ocamposoriano, 45, both of Pasco, and injured 21 others on Saturday evening. The bus accident occurred around 6pm on as the chartered bus traveled from Seattle to Moses Lake, Washington.
The bus was returning to Eastern Washington from Seattle’s Qwest field where passengers on the bus had attended a soccer match between Mexico and Ecuador.
According to a report, the bus driver. Elmer Schuman, 67, attempted to change lanes from the right into the left lane and cut off a passenger car, a Hyundai Elantra. It appears as if the bus driver over corrected and hit a GMC truck stopped on the side of the road, causing the bus to flip.
The passenger car that swerved to avoid the bus ended up rolling over three times and landed upside down in the median. The female passenger and a toddler in the Elantra apparently suffered minor injuries.
The GMC truck driver, Jeffrey R. Irmer, 24, of Spokane suffered a serious leg injury and he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
In all, 21 people were injured in the bus accident. 9 of the bus crash victims were hospitalized at Kittitas Valley hospital including a 16-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl.
Driver error is often a factor in bus accidents. In this accident, the bus driver will be tested for the presence of alcohol or drugs but an investigation will also determine if the driver lacked the proper training or was distracted.
The National Transportation Safety Board Chairman has criticized the bus industry saying that buses are not equipped with the advanced safety features available in passenger vehicles including adaptive cruise control and electronic stability control. The lack of safety features built-into buses coupled with a lack of seat belts can make bus crashes deadly.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injured due to a bus accident or a loved one was killed, you should contact our experienced Seattle bus accident lawyers at 1-800-455-9087.
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