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First Lawsuit Filed Over Deadly FedEx Freight-Bus Crash

April 23, 2014

By Evan Lockridge

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The first known lawsuit stemming from a crash between a FedEx Freight truck and a bus that killed 10 people earlier this month has been filed.

The $100 million negligence suit was filed in Los Angeles by the attorney representing the mother of a 17-year-old who was one of five students on board the bus that were killed when the FedEx truck crossed the median along a section of Interstate 5 north of Sacramento.

According to published reports, the suit names the estate of the FedEx truck driver and the company that owned the bus as defendants. It claims the bus lacked adequate exit doors that would have allowed those simply injured to escape the bus after a massive fire broke out following the crash. A total of around 40 people were on the bus.

Some eyewitnesses claim that the FedEx truck was on fire before the crash, but so far investigators have not said they have found evidence this is true. The lawsuit also alleges FedEx trucks have a history of catching fire from mechanical problems, driver error or improper cargo loading.

Three chaperones on board the bus were also killed along with the bus driver. The driver of the FedEx Freight truck was also killed.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board as well as California officials have been investigating the cause of the crash, but it has not been determined. A preliminary report from NTSB is expected in about three weeks.


  1. 1. Alamo [ April 24, 2014 @ 03:16AM ]

    I wonder if this was an LNG fueled tractor, since this was in Ca. and Fed Ex does have some in its fleet. At or around time of accident there was a recall of some LNG engines for fire potential .

  2. 2. Laughlin [ April 24, 2014 @ 03:27AM ]

    Nothing like capitalizing on the death of your child. She and the attorneys who promoted this should be ashamed. Pure greed right there. Disgusting, really. I wish our courts would have some common sense when ruling on this kind of thing.

  3. 3. Ben [ April 24, 2014 @ 05:31AM ]

    Not discounting this tragedy, the grieving, the loss of life. Early this week there was an article on the increase in insurance limits. But this suit is another example of the need for tort reform and again, magnifies the weakness of the ATA as a lobbying group for our industry.

  4. 4. BarbRRB [ April 24, 2014 @ 05:42AM ]

    Laughlin I agree. It is so very sad this happened and my heart goes out to everyone here. My concern is the words"estate of fed ex driver". These blood hound attorneys are disgusting. Already know the financials of the parents of these children. Capitalizing on their child's death is what they are doing. Makes me sick to my stomach thinking of this. Would have been a bit different if they had waited till the "accident" report came out first.
    Alamo, I am unfamiliar with the LNG fueled tractors. I my own opinion, no skid marks/braking from fed ex driver tells me the driver was unconscious. I'm not talking fell asleep either! It just makes me sad to hear of the deaths and people hurting. American highways, the most dangerous place to be.

  5. 5. tony [ April 24, 2014 @ 11:52AM ]

    Fed ex uses owner ops they paint their truck company colors and drive like rockets the CHP never stops them.the marks can mean brakes out
    of adjustment. All the clean air stuff does not work and fires are common
    but the ca arb does not want the public to know that. it not right to go after
    the dead drivers family they also have a loss. Fed ex needs to foot the bill

  6. 6. me [ April 24, 2014 @ 10:09PM ]

    It was not a LNG truck by the year and make of it. It was not a contractor since it was freight. Ground uses contractors. No one knows how it happened and probably never will. Yes I agree that all parties involved are responsible but until there is a report detailing what happened why would anyone jump to conclusions. Society at its best.......

  7. 7. Jesus [ April 25, 2014 @ 12:13PM ]

    BarbRRB, it makes sense about the driver was unconscious already. Im a truck driver, and I stopped in a trucking parking lot for my 30 break; a FEDEX guy stopped at the same area too, so I asked him for the tragedy; he stated that the driver had a heart attack
    I have a hypothetical theory, when the FEDEX driver saw that his cargo was on fire, his main got blocked, he panicked and got the heart attack; that's why he could not take control of his truck. Maybe that's the reason for no brake marks on the asphalt.
    May GOD has the driver and the victims on heaven....Jesus

  8. 8. rick [ April 26, 2014 @ 08:35AM ]

    Im going to say this again and again that the investigators should look at outlet exhaust pipe at the turbo area if the truck did catch fire before the crash. There is a what we call a seventh injector that connected to a solenoid valveand bolted on the exhaust pipe that provides fuel when the emissions exhaust DPF or diesel particulate filter needs a passive regen or cleaning. My thinking the fuel iine could have been loose or fell off the valve sprayed heated fuel onto the exhaust manifol or DPF filter housing and which temperatures can reach above or greater than 500 degress may have been the result of the fire before the crash and possibly the driver passed out due to the fumes in the cab. And one more to add that the fuel tank also is right next to the diesel particulate filter that caused the explosion during impact.

  9. 9. John [ April 27, 2014 @ 08:22PM ]

    This family is just plain GREEDY! They are sueing the drivers' families, the bus company, and fed-x? That proves GREED! They're NOT mourning their lost child, they're looking to line their pockets with someone elses money. Maybe the fed-x driver had a family that needs his insurance money? GREED! Maybe the bus drivers family needs his insurance money? Again, GREED! This bunch of GREEDY KNOTHEADS should be ashamed, but obviously are not!

  10. 10. Richard Swafford [ May 02, 2014 @ 08:25AM ]

    FedEx, US Express, Swift, CRST, Werner, JB Hunt, and so on.... Just compare there SAFER STATS . Lower Pay for inexperienced drivers = More Profit and more fatalities to the public ......


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