According to USA Today, a tour bus driven by a JTR Transportation driver was involved in a rollover crash near Exit 40 on I-90 West Bound in Brutus, New York.
At around 12:40 p.m. on August 14, 2021, a tour bus heading for Niagara Falls veered off of I-90 near exit 40 just outside Weedsport and rolled over several times. The tour bus, operated by a JTR Transportation driver, had left Poughkeepsie at 6 a.m. that morning.
All of the 57 passengers were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment of their varying degrees of injuries. 25 of the victims were taken to the top-level trauma center, Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. Auburn Community Hospital received approximately 27 patients but transferred three to Upstate. Crouse Hospital in Syracuse received several patients as well.
One of the passenger's sons told USA Today his mother was taken to the hospital with glass in her eye and will have to have back surgery due to the accident.
The accident site was marked off until that evening, and police are still investigating what caused the driver to veer off, resulting in the rollover. JTR Transportation refused to comment on the situation, stating that the matter remained fluid.
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"Following a serious accident involving injuries or deaths, the victims and the families of the injured may struggle with several serious financial difficulties, including medical expenses, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. It is important that you are aware of your legal options for monetary compensation."
"While insurance may cover part of the damages, many victims and families need additional financial compensation, which might be obtainable through lawsuits. In personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death claims, the victim and their families may sue the negligent driver. Cases regarding crashes that involve commercial vehicles, such as buses may even hold the driver's employer accountable. A personal injury attorney will have to prove the crash was the driver's fault, and the employer was negligent. One example of negligence on the employer would be if the driver had a history of reckless driving or a DUI and the company failed to issue a background check."
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