By Ehline Law Firm PC – In my many years as a serious lawyer, the cases involving catastrophic bus rollovers and collisions always seem to be coupled with worst injuries. My experience has proven that when one of these gigantic behemoths flip over, the occupants are tossed about like rag dolls. Most of the time people end up with friction burns, head injuries and much much worse, like dead.
Today I awoke to phone calls from people asking me about the Irwindale bus crash. Fifty people were injured in a tour bus crash on the 210 Freeway near Irwindale in the eastbound lanes, when it overturned. The accident occurred in the vicinity of the Miller Coors Brewery in Irwindale, in the eastbound lanes of the 210 freeway near the 605 Freeway and was reported at approximately 10:00 a.m. I flipped on the news and saw it myself.
According to authorities the bus was on the side of the freeway, lying on its side with the front windshield broken out. Officials said that at least 50 people were injured, though none of the injuries were critical, and that a triage was setup at the scene. Authorities closed all the lanes of the 210 Freeway, so that emergency helicopters could land to transport injured passengers. Maybe the injuries were not “critical”, but I seriously doubt there were seatbelts on that bus, so just imagine the luggage and other objects, like people, flying around inside that bus. Think about it!
Some Victims Where Flown Out By Helicopter
California Highway Patrol officials said that four of the injured were transported by helicopter to County USC Medical Center, three of the injured were transported by ambulance to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and seven people were transported to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, who were said to be moderately injured. So my question is, if the injuries were not critical, what is with the med evac by helo?
No One Is Saying How Severe The Injuries Are
Obviously, the true injuries and conditions of the people on the overturned tour bus have not been released. Fire department rescuers first reports were that the injuries included minor cuts and bruises. The tour bus was reportedly operated by Da Zhen Travel Agency, with the Da Zhen Travel Agency office in Monterey Park. I doubt that all these injuries are minor. My guess is that there will not even be enough insurance to pay for all the injuries. The word is that the passengers are a bunch of Chinese tourists. So suing is gonna be hard, like it will be for those tourists in the recent San Francisco airport crash.
The Freeway Was Backed Up For Miles
According to the California Highway Patrol the 210 Freeway was backed up for miles, because of the accident and the westbound lanes were reopened at approximately 11:00 a.m. The eastbound lanes remained closed, with only the carpool lane being opened intermittently for traffic to go through, until investigators were done at the scene and the bus had been removed. I will be closely monitoring the case at Ehline Law Firm PC and will do a follow up on the severity of the injuries, as well as the ultimate legal liability for all the wounded passengers to get paid.
Tips for the Passengers
If you or someone you love were hurt in the bus wreck today, make sure and take pictures of your injuries, get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses, collect all bills, including ambulance bills. DO NOT speak to anyone about your case other than an attorney. Only discuss your injuries with your doctor, not who you think is at fault. This is a job for a lawyer who is trained in dealing with insurance adjustors and arguing legal liability in court. If you have more questions, call Ehline law Firm PC at 213-596-9642.
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