Four Massachusetts teenagers were hospitalized with injuries after a car in which they were riding collided with a school bus on March 30 in Kingston. The bus did not have any passengers at the time of the car accident, having just discharged its last passenger. The accident happened as the teens were driving to school for the day.
The car accident occurred on the morning of the junior prom for the high school, at about 7:15 a.m. Three girls and a boy were in a car when it was said to have crossed double yellow lines on the roadway before striking the school bus head-on. The car accident happened near the school grounds of Silver Lake Regional High School.
All of the students were injured in the crash. Two had to be evacuated by MedFlight helicopters and all four were still in Boston-area hospitals that night. According to a news report, the students were in serious condition.
Kingston and Massachusetts State Police were continuing to investigate the car accident. As the investigation moves forward, a determination will likely be made as to which party or parties were at fault in causing or contributing to the collision. Those students seriously injured may be entitled to pursue personal injury claims to recover monetary damages incurred as a result of any negligence of others.
While it is too early to conclude precisely what happened in this car accident, authorities will undoubtedly focus on the preliminary indication that the vehicle crossed a double yellow line. Once the official accident investigation report is issued, those involved may wish to review it in conjunction with other available evidence in order to assess their rights and responsibilities under Massachusetts law. In that manner, each party can decide whether or not they wish to pursue a personal injury claim.
Source: Boston Herald, "Students hurt in crash," Erin Smith, Matt Stout and Katie Sampson, March 31, 2012