Included in the eight people wrongfully killed in the Tennessee bus crash was, a Sunday school teacher who read to students at a nearby school, an engineer who paid for wells to be dug in Peruvian villages, and a couple who maintained commercial driver’s licenses so they could drive church members on bus trips; these were good people who's lives were ended short due to a terrible incident. When the front left tire of the church's bus failed the driver lost control and went through a cable barrier hitting a SUV and tractor-trailer. Was the crash the drivers fault or are there other facts that should be considered? One of the investigators said even though the driver had a commercial lisence and was trained to properly handle a vehicle should this type of thing occur, it would be near impossible to control a vehicle of such size (40,000 pounds). Instead of looking at the driver should the cable barrier be investigated? Was it made properly? The same investigator said that the barrier was not made to withstand a vehicle of such size, shouldn't it have been better made as most vehicles that travel on the highway are larger? If that barrier had been designed better would those eight people still be with their loved ones today? Maybe these cable barriers need to be upgraded and designed to actually prevent such an incident from occurring again, saving other lives.
A crash of this size, eight killed and fourteen injured, would usually be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board; due to the government shut down they are unable to send investigators out to help as this was one of the cuts made by the government. Crashes happen all over the United States but have always had some type of assistance in the investigation. Why is this crash less important to the government? Some may feel that this is wrong and would like to know what could be done about this. We at Traverse Legal would recommend speaking to an attorney to help better understand what you could do.