Massachusetts car accident injures bus driver, 4 teens

A Massachusetts bus driver was injured when her bus collided with a BMW containing four high school students from Kingston on their way to school. The incident occurred on the morning of the student's junior prom. The car accident involved three girls and one boy and occurred at Lake Street and Chipman Way.

The car accident was said to have happened when the red BMW, carrying the four students, moved over the center dividing line and hit the bus head-on. The bus operator was rushed to a nearby hospital. The BMW ended up being lodged underneath the bus, while the bus' wheel was fully inverted and its front axle broken.

The bus driver and all four teenagers were injured and transported to a local hospital. The three BMW passengers were all unconscious when emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the car accident. The teen driver was conscious but trapped in the vehicle and appeared to be the most seriously injured. No further word on the condition of any of the victims was immediately known, although school officials decided to go ahead with the prom as scheduled later that evening.

All parties in the car accident and their families will likely be interested in the official investigation report. Typically, such a report is prepared by the police responding to the scene and assigns fault based upon findings and conclusions reached by the accident investigation team. Each individual seriously injured in the collision may have recourse to a personal injury claim under Massachusetts law against any party or parties deemed negligent in a manner that caused or contributed to the injuries. A successful claim often includes compensation for medical expenses and other costs related to the injuries, as well as lost income when appropriate and pain and suffering occasioned by the injuries.

Source: Fox News, "Massachusetts Teens Hospitalized After Head-on Crash With School Bus Day Of Prom," March 31, 2012

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