Although anyone in Pennsylvania with a driver's license is expected to know how to operate a vehicle safely, it is professional drivers who should be held to an extremely high standard. Not only do these drivers need to have a driver's license, but they often have to go through courses or trainings that teach them how to be even safer. Moreover, they are paid to transport goods or people safely. Unfortunately, a school bus driver in Montgomery County did not take that responsibility to heart, causing a four-vehicle accident that sent a Reading woman and a Phoenixville woman to Phoenixville Hospital.
The accident happened on eastbound Route 422. The 78-year-old bus driver was approaching a string of cars that were stopped in traffic. Instead of slowing and stopping himself, however, the bus driver rear-ended the car in front of him. The 45-year-old woman behind the wheel was later sent to the hospital for evaluation.
That first impact was fairly powerful, however, sending the 45-year-old's car into the stopped vehicle in front of her. That vehicle also smashed into the car in front of it. This last car was driven by a 58-year-old from Reading. She was rushed to Phoenixville Hospital, but it is unknown what her condition is.
There really is no excuse for this accident, nor is it clear why the bus driver failed to stop. Though there is not any more information, it appears that the accident was caused by the bus driver's negligence. If true, the other drivers may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the bus driver and the school district for which he was working.
Source: Reading Eagle, "4-vehicle crash on Route 422 injures Reading woman," Jan. 30, 2014