The incident occurred in February 2003, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an oncoming Chevrolet. A number of passengers on the bus were killed as the result of the accident, and many others including the driver were hospitalized with serious injuries. The plaintiffs claim that the bus was defective partly due to the lack of seat belts in the vehicle.
MCI (Motor Coach Industries) was sued by the surviving passengers on the bus. Relatives of those killed in the accident also sued for wrongful death. It was alleged that not only was the bus not equipped with seat belts that could have saved lives and reduced injuries, but that there was also no safety glass in the vehicle.
The trial lasted over four weeks but the deliberations by the jury only lasted a couple of days before the payout was awarded to the plaintiffs.
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