School Bus Malfunction Leaves 20 Students Hospitalized
Twenty students have been hospitalized following a school bus accident near Lake Arrowhead.
This latest school bus accident marks the third time students have been injured in the past three weeks. On October 12, five students were injured in a bus accident near Dixon when the driver attempted to pass a tractor, causing the bus to overturn. Two other students and the driver were injured in an accident near Fresno on October 14 when their school bus was struck by an SUV.
According to police reports, the Lake Arrowhead bus accident stemmed from a mechanical failure rather than a collision with another vehicle. The California Highway Patrol reports that the heater core on the bus malfunctioned, causing hot water from the radiator to splash onto the students’ legs. Twenty students were taken to three area hospitals to receive treatment for burn-related injuries. Other students also complained of difficulty breathing due to the noxious fumes released by the burning heater core.
The bus, which was traveling to Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School in Lake Arrowhead, was carrying approximately 50 students at the time the accident occurred.
A commercial vehicle inspector from the California Highway Patrol’s Inland Division in San Bernardino was called in to investigate the accident. It was later determined that a clamp on the heater core came loose, which allowed the hot water to leak out.
According to school district officials, each bus will receive a full inspection following the accident to detect and repair any potential mechanical failures.
As evidenced by the Lake Arrowhead incident, school bus accidents can be caused by any number of factors and result in burns and other serious injuries. The victims, in this case, were fortunate that they received only minor injuries rather than more extensive burns. The treatment for a serious burn injury can be almost as painful as the burn itself and in some cases, it can victims months or even years to fully recover.
Fortunately, no one involved suffered a life-threatening injury but other bus accident victims may not be so lucky. If you or a loved one has suffered the physical pain and emotional trauma of a bus accident caused by mechanical failure or someone else’s negligence, you need to contact a qualified school bus accident injury lawyer to protect your rights.
The law firm of Nadrich and Cohen specializes in helping the victims of bus accidents and their families to recover the compensation they’re entitled to for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Contact a Fresno accident lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP by calling 1-800-718-4658. We will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your case. We collect no fee unless we win a judgment on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to call us today to see how we can help.