Victims of Baltimore Bus Crash Speak About the Tragedy
Shawn Braxton was driving his Ford Mustang to work early in the morning when he noticed headlights in his rearview mirror. At first he didn’t think anything of it, then, when he looked back a second time, the headlights were right on top of him.
Mr. Braxton began to steer his car to the right, but there was nothing he could do to avoid being hit by the school bus. He let go of the steering wheel, tucked his head down and waited for the car to come to a stop. When he got out of the car, it was an unrecognizable shell of twisted steel.
Miraculously, Mr. Braxton was able to walk away from the accident, which is something that he is still processing. “I walked away from it and that’s just hard for me to comprehend mentally and then emotionally, it’s a battle,” Braxton said of the crash.
“You have to deal with the mental and emotional side of it afterwards knowing that you were part of something where people passed away.”
Matt Feldman, 30, was driving on Frederick Avenue when he came upon the scene of the Baltimore bus crash moments after it happened. He told media outlets that it looked like explosives had torn both buses apart.
Mr. Feldman approached the front of the MTA bus, where he found a woman trapped in the wreckage, screaming for help. He and another bystander moved pieces of the shattered windshield and worked to try and free the woman until first responders arrived. Mr. Feldman moved aside and watched as firefighters cut away pieces of the MTA bus and were able to free the victim a short time later.
Police Identify Deceased MTA Bus Crash Victims
The Baltimore Police Department has identified three of the four MTA bus passengers killed in the crash as 52-year-old Terence Lee Casey from the Pleasant View Gardens neighborhood, 51-year-old Gerald Holloway of Pen Lucy and 51-year-old Cherry Denise Yarborough of Park Heights. The fourth deceased passenger, a 46-year-old woman, has not yet been identified by law enforcement, as they continue to attempt to notify her next of kin.
The school bus driver who perished in the crash was identified as 67-year-old Glenn R. Chappell. Ebonee Danell Baker, 33, was the driver of the MTA bus.
Bus Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were harmed in the Baltimore bus crash, it is in your best interest to speak with a bus accident lawyer about your claim. Bus companies and their drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe manner. This includes making sure that buses meet federal safety standards and drivers are fully trained.
When bus companies fail to maintain their vehicles or their drivers are negligent behind the wheel, passengers have the right to seek compensation by filing a bus crash lawsuit.
For many years, the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman has worked to bring justice to victims of negligence and recklessness by bus operators, and has long been an advocate for bus safety and improved regulation. We are determined to make sure every aspect of the Baltimore crash is examined thoroughly, so all of those affected by this tragedy can seek justice.
If you are interested in learning more about filing a claim, give us a call at 800-827-0087 or fill out this form.
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