Third lawsuit filed against FedEx in California bus crash

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 5/23/2014

The relatives of another student who died in a crash involving a FedEx truck and a charter bus in Northern California last month have filed a lawsuit against the shipping giant and the bus company.

The family of 18-year-old Ismael Jimenez, who was part of a group of students from Los Angeles on a bus trip, filed a lawsuit this week.

The crash occurred on April 10, when a 2007 Volvo pulling two 28-foot trailers operated by FedEx was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 in Orland, Calif. At the same time, a 2014 Setra motorcoach operated by Silverado Stages Inc., with 43 high school students and three adult chaperones was traveling northbound on I-5.

According to reports, the truck crossed over and collided with the bus. The National Transportation Safety Board stated in a preliminary report that the truck left no skid marks on either portion of the roadway or the median. Witnesses told the NTSB that flames were coming from the lower rear of the truck cab, but investigators have not yet verified those accounts.

As a result of the collision, the drivers of both the tractor-trailer and the bus were killed, along with eight bus passengers. The remaining passengers suffered various degrees of injuries.

This is the third suit filed against the companies, and second suit filed by relatives of a deceased victim. On April 22, a suit was filed Los Angeles County Superior Court by Rosa Rivera, the mother of Jennifer Bonilla, who died along with Jimenez and eight others, including FedEx driver Timothy P. Evans, and charter bus driver Talalelei Lealao-Taiao. Rivera’s suit seeks $100 million in damages.

A second negligence suit was filed May 6 by crash survivor Miles Hill, which named FedEx and the bus company, Silverado Stages, as defendants. The Hill suit seeks an unspecified amount of damages and compensation for medical expenses.

FedEx issued a statement in response to the first suit, saying they remained “focused on providing support to those affected …” but has not commented on any of the subsequent legal actions.

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