For many travelers in Kentucky and elsewhere, the decision to take commercial transportation is an easy one. Not having to deal with traffic during long drives may allow passengers to relax and enjoy the journey. Unfortunately, when these types of commercial vehicles are involved in a crash, victims often pay a significant price in physical, psychological and financial suffering.
Officials with Kentucky law enforcement and Greyhound Transportation are both working to determine what led to a serious crash involving a Greyhound bus and a flatbed tractor-trailer. According to the preliminary report, the bus driver had recently left a stop and was traveling to his next destination. He was operating the bus in the center lane of the three northbound lanes on the highway. For reasons that are yet unknown, the 64-year-old driver veered out his travel lane and collided with a flatbed semi traveling in the far left lane.
The crash resulted in 17 passengers suffering undisclosed injuries. Two emergency responder companies helped transport all of the victims for medical treatment. Police are investigating allegations that the bus driver was using his cellphone in the moments leading up to the wreck.
Greyhound officials stated that the company has a zero-tolerance policy against drivers who use electronic devices while driving. The report did not indicate whether the drivers of either commercial vehicles were seriously injured in the collision. The victims will likely require some time to recover from their physical injuries while the psychological trauma of the crash may linger for months. Those who suffer injuries and sustain monetary damages as a result of negligence on the part of another party may choose to pursue financial relief through the civil court system.