USA: Family sues Durham School Services bus company following fatal crash

Author: Kendi A. Rainwater, Times Free Press (USA), Published on: 28 November 2016

"First lawsuit filed in connection with Monday's fatal bus crash", 23 Nov 2016

The first lawsuit was filed today in connection with the Woodmore Elementary School fatal bus crash Monday.  An 8-year-old passenger and his mother, Kimberly Boling, are suing the bus driver, Johnthony Walker, and Durham School Services, the company contracted by Hamilton County Schools to provide busing...Durham is liable as Walker's employer, according to the lawsuit.  Durham also failed to have the correct policies and procedures in place to ensure that all bus drivers were properly trained, supervised, investigated and disciplined...The lawsuit, filed in Hamilton County Circuit Court, asks a jury determine the amount of damages the family should be awarded...Thirty-seven children were in the bus when it crashed Monday afternoon. Five students died...Durham's vehicles have been in 346 crashes in the past two years, according to federal figures. Of those, 142 crashes caused injuries and three fatalities...The Illinois-based company is one of the largest suppliers of school bus services...Local records show Durham has been named in 21 lawsuits in Hamilton County Circuit Court since 2010...Durham School Services...has continually declined to comment on his history with the company or this week's fatal crash...

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