An accident involving a semi truck and a tour bus ruined the plans of some vacationers this past May. More than 30 people were hurt, some seriously, when the bus and the truck collided on the New Jersey Turnpike in southern New Jersey, according to philly.com. It rolled onto its side and came to rest just off the shoulder of the highway. The Panda tour bus was carrying 50 people from New York City to Atlanta. The truck jackknifed and looked as though the container section may have detached from the cab. Neither the driver of the truck nor of the bus were injured.
The crash happened at 12:30 a.m. on a Friday. The injured were taken to Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury, while the others went to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, according to 6ABC. Most of the injuries were considered minor, however, there were some passengers who were seriously injured. There is no word on what those injuries were, however. The passengers who were not hurt were transported to the Woolwich Township Municipal Building for shelter.
At first, amongst the confusion, passengers were left feeling abandoned by the tour bus operator, PandaNy Bus. Many were told on the phone by customer service that they would have to make their own way home on their own. Passengers complained of being hung up on by customer service agents, and generally being treated rudely. In the end, the tour bus operator sent another bus to pick up the passengers who wanted to go home. It arrived at 2:30 p.m., approximately 14 hours after their ordeal had started. Their luggage would be shipped to them after the cleanup and investigation of the accident.
The passengers who were interviewed after the fact gave a harrowing account of what it felt like for the bus to tip over. At first, there was a “boom” according to one passenger, and then the bus seemed to swerve to correct its course. Then another boom followed, and the bus went over. “The bus started flipping, then flipped over,” said one passenger. The tour bus operator claims that the bus was rear-ended by the semi truck.
Trucks pose a unique threat on the highway because of they speed they travel and their sheer size. Combining those factors with a tour bus full of people and you have a recipe for disaster. While most of the injuries were minor, you can get that many of those passengers will be seeking some kind of compensation from the tour bus operator and the trucking company.
If they do choose that route, there is no reason for them to navigate the legal world on their own. In Philadelphia, there are truck accident attorneys who specialize in these cases and can help get the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, call an attorney today for a consultation. They will answer your questions and provide you with the next steps in making your claim.