A tour bus traveling from Huntsville, AL to the casinos in Tunica, MS crashed today. The crash left two people dead and injured dozens more. The single vehicle wreck occurred on I-269 on the overpass of Hwy 78. Wintry weather around the time of the crash likely contributed to icy road conditions, which can be particularly dangerous on bridges and overpasses.
The bus was apparently owned and operated by Teague VIP Express, located in Alabama.
Just 20 minutes before the crash, an advisory from the DeSoto Sheriff’s Department was issued for the very overpass where the tragic wreck occurred.
The advisory said: “Avoid Coldwater bridge/I-69/I-269/HWY 78 if possible, bridges and overpasses are icy and hazardous. Take alternate routes if possible.”
It is unclear if the driver of the tour bus was aware of the advisory.
Teague has several previous safety violations on file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, including driver hours of service violations and maintenance violations. The safety record of the company can be found here.
With 2 dead and as many as many as 40 injured, litigation is likely to ensue. In cases such as these, it is critical to hire an experienced bus wreck attorney capable of handling complex catastrophic injury and death cases as soon as possible. The bus company and its insurance carrier has more than likely already sent investigators, accident recinstructionists, and even lawyers to the scene of the wreck.