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Northern California Tour Bus Crash on Interstate 80 Leaves 13 Injured

By Kelly Balamuth on May 27, 2011

A tour bus making its way to San Francisco crashed on Interstate 80 recently, leaving thirteen people injured, according to an article in The Vacaville Reporter. The bus had taken a group to Sacramento and was on its way back to San Francisco when the bus accident occurred.

The bus was traveling west on I-80 north of Fairfield at about 4:30 in the afternoon. It was traveling in the fast lane when suddenly it skidded, traveled across the right-hand lanes and the shoulder of the highway before going up the embankment, breaking through a fence, and coming to a stop on Lyons Road, which parallels the highway. The bus narrowly missed hitting a car as it screeched to a halt.

Rescue workers from the Fairfield police and fire departments and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded, taking 13 people with mild to moderate injuries to local hospitals. The CHP officers stayed at the scene to talk to the buses’ other passengers and to investigate the crash. The female bus driver indicated that the bus’s brakes may have malfunctioned since she had been having trouble with them before the bus crash.

While the majority of bus drivers take the safety of their passengers seriously and drive with safety in mind, even the most skilled bus driver cannot prevent every accident. Often, accidents and injuries occur when part of a buses’ systems fails because it was defectively designed, installed incorrectly, or not properly maintained. If you have been injured in a bus accident, the experienced Northern California personal injury lawyers at Balamuth Harrington may be able to help. For a free and confidential consultation, call Balamuth Harrington today at 1-888-254-1234.

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