Teen's Mother Claims Negligence In Deadly California Crash: Report
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[April 23, 2014]
(Reuters) — The mother of a
17-year-old student who was among 10 people killed in a highway crash in
northern California earlier this month has sued FedEx Corp for
negligence, California-based City News Service reported.
More than 30 others were injured when a FedEx tractor-trailer
crossed a highway median and slammed into a bus on Interstate 5
about 90 miles north of Sacramento. The students were from the Los
Reuters could not independently confirm the lawsuit. FedEx and the
family's attorney did not immediately respond to requests for
"We remain focused on providing support to those affected and
cooperating with the authorities as they conduct their
investigation," FedEx said in a statement, according to CNS. "This
is not the time for us to discuss potential litigation."
The suit, filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses
the driver of negligence and FedEx of a history of vehicle fires,
saying the truck was already on fire when it struck the bus, wire
service CNS reported.
Details from an early crash investigation found "no evidence" of a
pre-collision fire, contrary to a witness report, authorities have
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The suit also names as defendants the FedEx driver, who died in the
crash, and the company that owned the bus, and it seeks unspecified
compensatory and punitive damages, CNS said.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle;
editing by Hugh Lawson)
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