BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — The family of a student who was on a Bastrop ISD school bus when it was hit by an 18-wheeler on Oct. 24 is suing the company that owns the semi.
A total of 20 students were on board the bus on State Highway 71 near Tucker Hill Lane when the semi allegedly ran a red light and T-boned it.
Nine of the students and the driver were hurt. According to a release from the law firm, the student they are representing had lacerations and a head injury that knocked him unconscious.
The lawsuit names World Trade Distribution, Inc., as the target of the suit, and alleges the driver “did not control his speed, did not maintain control of the tractor-trailer, drove while distracted, ran a red light and did not watch for other vehicles in the roadway.”
The suit also claims the driver said he had trouble with the brakes, and did not perform a pre-trip inspection. According to police, the driver told them he entered the intersection at a yellow light, which video appears to contradict.
“Right now we don’t know exactly what caused the crash — be it distracted driving, neglected maintenance, exceeding driver hour limits, or something else — but this lawsuit allows us to conduct a thorough investigation to get our client answers, and hopefully make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said attorney Kevin Glasheen in a statement.
KXAN has reached out to World Trade Distribution, Inc., for comment.