New trial ordered in fatal California Greyhound bus crash

06/09/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)

California – A judge in Central California has ordered a new trial in the case of three women killed in a Greyhound bus crash. According to an Associated Press report, Judge Donald Black ruled that the driver James Jewett was negligent in the accident in speeding on the highway and not having his eye glasses on.

The crash occurred in 2010 on Highway 99. The bus crashed into the SUV that the three women were riding in after it had overturned on the highway. The bus continued on the highway and hit a tree after going down an embankment. The driver and two passengers on the Greyhound were also killed.

Attorneys for the families of the three women subsequently filed a lawsuit against Greyhound for negligence. A jury decided in March that Greyhound was not responsible for damages in the accident.

Black is quoted as stating in his recent ruling, “There is no question the (bus) driver was confronted with an unexpected object in the roadway.”

He also wrote that the driver, “failed to take any action to avoid the SUV… It thus cannot be said that he took a course of action that in hindsight was not the better choice.”

A date for the new trial has not yet been made known.

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