Lanier Law Firm: Bus-train collision in Mississippi demands answers
AUSTIN – The Lanier Law Firm is representing the family of Kenneth Hoffman, one of four people killed earlier this week when the tour bus they were riding in was hit by a freight train in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Mr. Hoffman was among 49 bus passengers from a senior citizen center in Bastrop, Texas, heading to Boomtown Casino in Biloxi.
According to authorities, the motor coach got stuck on the tracks while trying to clear a crossing marked as having a low-ground clearance. A CSX freight train crashed into the bus about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 7.
Four passengers were killed and 41 others injured, eight of them critically. The dead have been identified as Mr. Hoffman, 82, of Lockhart, Texas; his wife, Peggy Hoffman, 73, also of Lockhart; Clinton Havarn, 79, of Sealy, Texas; and Deborah Orr, 62, of Bastrop.
“This tragedy should have never happened,” said Larry Wilson, an attorney with The Lanier Law Firm who focuses on railroad claims and trucking accidents. “It’s horrifying that a charter bus would ignore a warning sign and get high-centered on the tracks. It’s a risk that never should have taken place.”
Mr. Wilson said Lanier attorneys will review video from the train and records from previous accidents at the same location.
“CSX Transportation may very well bear some of the responsibility for the events at that crossing, as it was well known as one of the most dangerous crossings in the entire nation,” Mr. Wilson said. “CSX could have implemented policies relating to speed and procedures that greatly reduced the risk of a catastrophe like this. What actions could have been taken to avoid that collision? That is a question that we have to ask.”
Anyone with information about the Biloxi bus crash or seeking representation, can contact The Lanier Law Firm at 713-659-5200.
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