Church Camp Caravan Crashes in Alabama

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Posted on 30th June 2008 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Twenty seven people were injured when a school bus collided with a pickup truck in Dothan Alabama on Sunday, June 29. The school bus was carrying grade school kids from Lexington, Kentucky to a church camp in Panama City, Fl. The pickup truck apparently hydroplaned on a wet road, colliding with the bus.

The most seriously injured individuals were the three occupants of the pickup truck, two of whom were in serious condition. The school bus passengers were all treated and released. For the full Associated Press story on the accident, click here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25448306/ The children were from the Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington.

It is a common occurrence that the accidents involving buses, are actually caused by a vehicle other than the bus. When the other vehicle is owned by a private individual, often there is not enough insurance to compensate all those aboard the bus, for their medical bills and other injuries. However, the insurance on the other vehicle is not the only option for getting bills paid. First, the bus itself may have what is called “med pay” coverage, which will cover medical bills of the occupants of the bus, regardless of whose fault the accident is. Kentucky is a no-fault state, which would apply to the occupants of the bus, even though the accident happened in Alabama, because that is where the bus is insured. No fault in most states also provides additional benefits to occupants of the insured vehicle, than the direct claim against the wrongdoer.

The other comment we have on this accident is that as this bus in all likelihood was not equipped with seatbelts, there could be considerably more brain injuries among the school kids than might have been identified at the time of the crash. The symptoms of concussion can often be subtle, not manifesting themselves significantly until the day after the crash. What is important today and in the next few days is to monitor the kids for signs of confusion, amnesia and headache. See http://subtlebraininjury.com

We wish all on board get to camp safely and are able to enjoy their vacation without troubles.