The investigation continues after a North Carolina bus accident left dozens of Army reservists injured on Aug. 23. According to reports, more than 40 people were injured when a bus carrying about 50 members of an Army Reserve unit overturned in Iredell County, North Carolina.
The accident occurred on a Friday afternoon as many of the bus passengers slept. According to one of the Army reservists who was on the bus, passengers felt the bus suddenly brake hard and then chaos broke loose. The bus ended up on its side in a ditch. The reservist said that there was broken glass and blood everywhere, and people on the bus were screaming and crying.
Luckily, a second busload of Army reservists had been following the first bus and the reservists on board the second bus quickly ran to assist the injured. More than a dozen passengers had to be treated for injuries at the scene of the accident and another 14 had to be taken to local hospitals to be treated for more serious injuries.
Only one soldier had to be airlifted to a Charlotte hospital for treatment, but the soldier has since been released, officials said. Luckily, there were no fatalities, and it appears that everyone involved in the accident will recover.
Still, this is an extremely traumatic event to go through, even for the heroic members of the Army Reserve. It is likely that an investigation will determine what caused the bus accident. If negligence played a role, it is possible that the driver of the bus and his or her employer could face liability in personal injury lawsuits.
Bus accidents have been all too common in recent years on the East Coast. Bus drivers have the fate of all of their passengers in their hands, which is why it's imperative that they exercise proper care and caution. Not doing so can result in a traumatic ordeal for everyone involved.
Source: WSOC TV, "Soldiers thankful to be alive after bus overturns in Iredell Co.," Nate Stewart, Aug. 23, 2013