Settlement in School Bus Crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Students injured when a tree-trimming truck struck a Mingo County school bus have settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit they filed against the truck driver and his employer.

Charleston lawyer Ben Salango announced the settlement Tuesday.

He represents ten of the students.

Salango says the settlement's terms are confidential.

The lawsuit had sought $10 million in punitive damages and unspecified compensatory damages.

A total 18 people were injured on April Fourth, 2006, when an Asplundh Tree Expert Company truck driven by Bruce Wayne Collins of Naugutuck crossed the center line and collided with the bus.

It happened on state Route 65 near Lenore.

Police charged Collins with driving under the influence causing injury and improper lane change.

Opening arguments in Collins' trial are scheduled Wednesday in Mingo County Circuit Court.

Attorneys for Willow Grove, Pennsylvania-based Asplundh and Collins couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday

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