Fifth lawsuit filed after fatal Biloxi bus-train collision


A fifth lawsuit was filed Tuesday seeking at least $10 million after a train collided with a bus in Biloxi, Miss. last week, killing four people and injuring 35 others.

The suit was filed by Mary Hall, a surviving passenger of the March 7 crash, who lives in Bastrop County.

Hall is suing the bus company, Echo Transportation, the tour company, Diamond Tours, and the train’s parent company, CSX Transportation for negligence and gross negligence and is asking for no less than $10 million in damages for past and future pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical disfigurement and past and future medical expenses.

She was on board the charter bus when it got stuck on the tracks in Biloxi and was struck by a train.

Hall was rushed to the emergency room and given extensive medical treatment, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Harris County by The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston.

“The results of this collision were horrific,” the suit said. “This railroad crossing was well known as a dangerous crossing and had been the cause of many previous accidents.”

The railroad crossing at Main Street in Biloxi is a known hazard for long vehicles due to elevation drops on either side of the tracks that can allow a bus to become high-centered atop the tracks. Sixteen other crashes have occurred at that spot since 1976, three of them fatal.

A sign before the crossing warns “Low Ground Clearance.”

Hall’s suit alleges that the driver was reckless for failing to heed the warning sign. The driver of the bus has not been named, but the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash, said he veered away from his intended route during the bus trip to the Boomtown Casino.

According to the lawsuit, he told passengers he was “taking them on a scenic route.”

About six people were still in the hospital Tuesday, a week after the crash, according to Barbara Adkins, president of the Bastrop Senior Center, which helped organize the bus trip.

Four other lawsuits were filed last week, including two by the families of Peggy and Kenneth Hoffman, a Lockhart couple killed in the crash, and two others by five surviving passengers.

Sealy resident Clinton Havran, 72, and Deborah Orr, 62, the activities director at the Bastrop senior center, also died in the crash.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Hutto Economic Development Corporation under criminal investigation
Hutto Economic Development Corporation under criminal investigation

The Hutto city manager announced Thursday night at a City Council meeting that the former Hutto Economic Development Corporation is under criminal investigation. It was immediately unclear what the subject of the investigation is, but the revelation came several minutes after Mayor Pro Tem Tom Hines had said that the EDC — against the wishes...
AUSTIN POLICE CONTRACT: Deadline passing as civic groups wade in
AUSTIN POLICE CONTRACT: Deadline passing as civic groups wade in

Months-long negotiations between Austin police and city officials reached a heightened pitch Thursday as both sides brushed against a deadline to develop a proposed employment agreement. The stakes were being raised on multiple fronts: Community and political groups, including some leaders of the Travis County Democratic party, were opposing any possible...
‘Horns up’ in the Children’s Hospital
‘Horns up’ in the Children’s Hospital

University of Texas football players Tim Yoder, Michael Wilson and Kendall Moore get their “horns up” with future Longhorn Dylan Martinez at St. David’s Children’s Hospital. The football players visited sick children and their families to lift their spirits.
Poll: 49% of Texans disapprove of Trump, but GOP support strong
Poll: 49% of Texans disapprove of Trump, but GOP support strong

Nearly half of Texans disapprove of Donald Trump’s performance as president, but Republicans overwhelmingly support him, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Thursday. Among Republicans, 79 percent said they approved of Trump’s performance, while 15 percent disapprove. The rest of the GOP respondents said they...
DPS: Driver, 18, dies in crash after police chase near Granite Shoals

BURNET COUNTY Police chase ends with fatal crash A police chase ended with the death of an 18-year-old driver near Granite Shoals early Thursday, authorities said. According to a Texas Department of Public Safety statement, a preliminary investigation found that Cruz Grimaldo Suarez was fleeing from police around 3:30 a.m. in Burnet County. He was...
More Stories