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WAFF 48 Investigators Delve Deeper into third bus crash lawsuit

The WAFF 48 Investigators take a closer look at the newest lawsuit filed by victims of the I-565 school bus tragedy.

It involves eight victims who received serious injury as a result of the crash.

Inside the 40-page document, there's more insight into perhaps why these lawsuits are being filed, citing negligence on the bus driver, Laidlaw, and the teen driver of the Toyota Celica.

In the latest lawsuit involving the Lee High school bus tragedy, eight plaintiffs are named, backed by attorney Mark McDaniel.

The eight students were seriously hurt when their school bus plunged off I-565 November 20th of last year.

Some injuries listed include: severe head trauma, severe facial injuries, compression fractures to the spine.

Laidlaw Transit, the bus driver, and the Lee High School student driving the orange Celica are named as defendants.

Under the Statement of the Facts, attorneys claim that "either before, during, or after the collision, Anthony Scott, the bus driver, improperly maneuvered the school bus."

And, that he "negligently and/or wantonly operated the bus thereby causing or allowing it to drive onto and then over the barrier."

Then it claims negligence again citing that Scott was not wearing his seatbelt and "that allowed him to be thrown from the driver's seat, losing control of the bus, and ultimately being ejected from the bus" before it toppled over the interstate.

As for Laidlaw, the suit alleges negligence by the company saying they failed to "ensure the bus was in proper working order."

They also hold them responsible for the bus driver not wearing a seatbelt, stating that "they did not provide a property functioning and properly fitting seat belt for the driver."

Regarding the driver of the Celica the lawsuit reads: "He allowed his vehicle to collide with the bus and failed to maintain proper control of his vehicle."

The named defendants are asked to mail or hand deliver a copy of a written, either admitting or denying each allegation in the complaint to the attorneys representing the plaintiffs. They have 30 days.

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