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Fatal Ontario bus accident leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

A 56-year-old woman died and three other individual were injured in an Ontario bus accident on Jan. 14. The rollover accident happened around 10 p.m. on Highway 407. The woman was ejected from the bus and died at the scene, and one witness broke windows to help the driver and other individuals out of the bus. The driver and two other passengers were transferred to the hospital while two other passengers were uninjured.

The bus, which was headed toward York University, went over the guardrail near Weston Road. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. A representative from GO Transit would not comment as to whether the driver, who had 15 years of experience, had any medical conditions. There were also no known mechanical issues with the bus, and the accident remains under investigation. There was no video camera on the bus, but investigators are reviewing the on-board diagnostic computer. They are also continuing to interview witnesses.

In an accident in which an individual is killed, the family of the deceased individual may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party or parties. That might be the transit company, the driver, the manufacturer of a faulty part on the bus, or some other person or entity.

A driver may be held responsible in an accident like this one, even if no criminal charges are forthcoming. If it is determined that a driver is negligent, the driver may be considered at-fault in a civil case. Negligence means failing to take a normal amount of care. For example, driving too fast for conditions might be considered negligent.

Source: CTV News, “Woman killed in bus crash near Toronto identified,” Kendra Mangione, Jan. 15, 2015