Bus passenger seeks $25 million in damages from train accident

Bus passenger seeks $25 million in damages from train accident

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A new lawsuit filed in the aftermath of the tragedy on the tracks near downtown Biloxi claims the driver of the bus stuck on the tracks "was an inadequately trained, unlicensed, incompetent or reckless." That suit was filed in Houston, Texas on behalf of Mary Hall, one of the injured passengers on the charter bus that got smashed by a CSX train. It asks a court to award Hall a minimum of $25 million in actual damages.

Hall's attorney is Tony Buzbee. A news release sent by his office says Buzbee's firm represents 15 passengers on board the charter bus that got hit by a freight train.

"This is a terrible tragedy," Buzbee writes. "This type of thing happens far too often across the United States. We intend to shed an intense light on CSX and the others who caused this."

Defendants named in this suit include CSX, Echo Transportation, and Diamond Tours.

The deadly accident was March 7. A charter bus was going from Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis to Boomtown Casino in Biloxi. NTSB investigators said the bus driver had directions to use Caillavet Street to get to Boomtown. However, investigators said the driver's GPS took him to Main Street. As the bus reached the Main Street railroad crossing, it got stuck.

"Rather than immediately get the passengers off the bus, the driver instead continued to attempt to move his bus," the lawsuit claims. An oncoming CSX train slammed into the bus. Four people died. At least two dozen others suffered a variety of injuries. In Mary Hall's case, the suit claim she "suffered physical injuries and mental anguish and, in reasonable medical probability, will continue to do so for the balance of her natural life."

WLOX News Now has reported on three other lawsuits filed since the accident at the Main Street crossing. They all claim negligence on the part of Echo Transportation and CSX. WLOX.com will reach out to each defendant and attempt to get a response to the latest suit. This story will be updated whenever we hear from the defendants.

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