A Greyhound bus passenger who was critically injured when the bus she was traveling in crashed into the back of a tractor trailer in Pennsylvania earlier this month has filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the bus company.
The lawsuit is reportedly the first complaint against Greyhound to be filed in relation to the Oct. 9 crash, which killed one person and injured 44 others. According to the Standard Speaker, Elora Lencoski, a 2013 graduate of Northwest Area High School in Shickshinny, Penn., filed the complaint. The woman’s lawyer said she suffers from a multitude of severe injuries to her neck, head, face, jaw and brain, and other areas.
The crash occurred around 1:40 a.m. when the Greyhound bus struck a tractor trailer from behind as it was traveling in the westbound lanes of I-80 in White Deer Township, Penn. The force of the impact crushed the front of the Greyhound bus.
Akos Gubica, 36, the driver of the tractor trailer who was hauling a load of garbage at the time, said that he was driving along the interstate at the speed limit when the bus rammed his truck from behind.
An investigation of the crash remains underway. Although officials haven’t determined what caused the bus driver, Sabrina Anderson, to crash into the truck, Ms. Lencoski’s lawyer suspects that driver fatigue may have been an issue.
“I have seen multiple prior crashes where driver fatigue was either determined to be an issue or potentially an issue,” the lawyer told the Standard Speaker. “In this crash, individuals that I’ve spoken to say that (the bus driver) appeared tired when they got on the bus.”
According to the Standard Speaker, court documents also accuse Greyound of placing “its pecuniary interest ahead of the safety of its interstate bus passengers” when it failed to install a fatigue detection system.