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Megabus USA LLC, Chaoch Leasing Inc., Coach USA Inc. and the driver, Preston Taylor have all been names as defendants in a lawsuit filed by the parents of an Indian graduate student who was killed after the double-decker bus she was riding in struck a concrete pillar on Interstate 55 in Litchfield, Ill., south of Chicago. Aditi Avhad, 25, a student at the University of Missouri, was traveling back to the university, accompanied by her parents when the accident occurred in August. The girl’s mother, who suffered a broken leg and broken hip, was just recently released from the hospital.
According to a report from Fox Chicago News, the family is seeking $1 million in damages and accuses the bus company of negligence. The bus, which was filled to capacity at the time of the accident, blew a tire and slammed into the pillar. The driver then lost control of the vehicle. Avhad and her family were sitting in the second tier of the bus. Forty-eight of the eighty-one passengers on the bus were injured. Thirty ambulances and ten medical helicopters were dispatched to the scene.
Megabus spokeswoman Amanda Byers says the incident remains under investigation and the company is cooperating with investigators. Megabus has been named a defendant in several wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits recently.
If you or a family member has been injured in a bus accident, contact an experienced Hinsdale personal injury lawyer to represent you and protect your rights.