A deadly Florida car crash has resulted in two fatalities. The accident occurred at the Miami International Airport. A charter bus driver apparently failed to heed warning signs about the height of an overpass in the area, resulting in the fatal car crash. Several others have sustained critical injuries as a result.
One of the signs warned vehicles exceeding the height limitation to stop and make a left turn. The other, placed ahead of the barrier, also warned vehicles that were over the maximum threshold to turn left. The bus was carrying over three dozen church group members when the car crash occurred. Investigators believe the driver was traveling at only 20 mph when it crashed into the overpass. An officer for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department heard the accident and rushed to assist the victims.
An 86-year-old man died at the scene, and the other fatal victim later passed away after being transported to the hospital. Three people sustained critical injuries in the tragedy. Almost 30 other passengers were injured, but they were less serious than the others. Out of 14 patients transferred to a trauma center, eight were listed in stable condition. Two others were listed in critical condition and three others were released.
Reports state the man was unfamiliar with the Florida airport area, and he may not have seen the signs warning him about the overpass height restrictions. The company that owned the bus has no prior violations for safety or the use of alcohol or other controlled substances. However, they have been previously cited for issues related to driver fatigue. The injured victims and surviving families in this tragedy could have legal options available under our laws. As they struggle to cope with their grief, they may benefit from reviewing their options to assess their right to file a lawsuit seeking to ease the financial burden this car crash has likely brought.
Source: Chron.com, "2 dead after bus crash at Fla. airport; 3 critical," Suzette LaBoy, Dec. 1, 2012