Tennessee Highway Patrol and Knoxville Police Department investigators have determined that malfunctioning brakes are to blame for a deadly accident that involved a church bus. Officials report that the GMC bus, which was manufactured in 2001, had issues with its brakes leading up to the accident. Still, police say that it will be several weeks before they can complete their report.
The tragic church bus accident occurred on a recent Thursday afternoon in Knoxville. According to police, the bus driver was the first one to tip them off about the brakes. The driver said that he was unable to stop the bus before it crashed into a pickup truck and a car.
Tragically, the driver of the car -- a 54-year-old woman -- died as a result of the injuries she suffered in the collision. Two children and three other adults required transport to local hospitals, where they received treatment and evaluation for injuries. The children were participating in a mission trip program and come from a church in Indiana.
The safety of a Tennessee bus passenger is dependent upon the bus driver and the condition of the bus he or she is riding in. In the event of a bus accident in which a passenger is injured or killed (or in which another person is injured or killed), the authorities will look to establish what party was at fault for the incident. In cases where the bus was unsafe due to disrepair or where the bus driver was in error, financial liability may be asserted against the driver, the bus owner and the driver's employer.
Source: wate.com, "Investigation confirms brakes malfunctioned in North Knoxville c", , July 21, 2014