LOUISVILLE, KY. — The company–owner of a school bus that spun out of control and crashed on a Louisville highway June 11 took legal action against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. this month to get its tires back from the manufacturer, which had been performing tests on them.
According to the Courier-Journal, Commonwealth Bus Service filed a motion Oct. 10 asking a judge to force Goodyear to give the tires back. Commonwealth believes the tires could help investigators understand what caused the bus crash, which injured 32 of the 42 people on board, most of them Waggener High School students returning home from a trip to Eastern Kentucky University.
The bus was traveling on I-64 near Kentucky’s Jefferson-Shelby county line when its front left tire apparently blew out, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Witnesses said the bus swerved abruptly and crossed two lanes of traffic before it crashed into a concrete barrier wall.
The bus company faces two personal-injury lawsuits, one filed by three plaintiffs on June 19 and another filed August 1 by the parents of a student who was on the bus.
An attorney for one group of plaintiffs told the Courier-Journal that Goodyear was “slow to respond” to multiple requests for the tires to be returned, saying the tire company was probably delaying their return to hold up investigative inquiries. Goodyear’s test results haven’t been released yet, but they will be incorporated into the final police report. The lawyer said that he would have his own experts test the tires as well.
Commonwealth’s motion to force the return of the tires was withdrawn when the tires were returned last week, the Courier-Journal reported.
An NBC News search of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) records “shows no history of federal accident reports involving the company.”