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More lawsuits filed over deadly Mississippi bus crash

A total of six lawsuits have been filed against Teague VIP Express bus company in the deadly Mississippi bus crash that killed two Huntsville women and injured 44 others.
A Teague VIP Express tour bus is towed from a crash scene near I-269 and Highway 78 Wednesday,...
A Teague VIP Express tour bus is towed from a crash scene near I-269 and Highway 78 Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.
Updated: Dec. 11, 2018 at 7:06 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A total of six lawsuits have been filed against Teague VIP Express bus company in the deadly Mississippi bus crash that killed two Huntsville women and injured 44 others.

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A lawsuit was filed on Friday in Madison County by Mastando & Artrip on behalf of their client and plaintiff is Bobbie Jo Clack. The is also the first lawsuit to name Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel as a defendant.

Mastando & Artrip offered WAFF 48 the following statement: “Ms. Clack was seriously injured in the bus crash in question. We added the Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel as a defendant as this bus trip was clearly part a joint venture between the casino and the bus company involved, making the casino equally responsible for the safety and welfare of the bus passengers."

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All six lawsuits are as follows:

  • Virginia McComb filed a lawsuit in Calhoun County on December 10 against Teague VIP Express, bus driver and the Fitz Casino and Majestic Star Casino. McComb has a class action potential.
  • Bobbie Clack - filed a lawsuit in Madison County on December 7 against Teague VIP Express, bus driver, Majestic Star Casino and Fitz Tunica casino
  • Willa Mae Cooper filed a lawsuit in Calhoun County on December 5 against Teague VIP Express and the bus driver
  • Veronica Love, Minnie Allen, Hilda McComb, and Willie Corner all filed a lawsuit in in Calhoun County on December 4 against Teague VIP Express and the bus driver.
  • Briana M. Henry filed a lawsuit in Calhoun County on November 30 against Teague VIP Express and the bus driver.
  • George Nance and Hassie Nance both filed a lawsuit in Calhoun County on November 28 against Teague VIP Express and the bus driver. 

The charter company for the bus is Teague VIP Express, located in Anniston, Alabama. In a 2017 review, the company was cited for 15 violations, including worn or missing steering systems, an axle problem and a cracked or broken wheel.

Some of the violations were “acute/critical violations,” and most of the violations were for vehicle maintenance. The company’s three buses were taken out of service, records show.

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