Lancaster County and Norris School District to Pay Damages to Pickup Driver

Lancaster County and Norris School District to Pay Damages to Pickup Driver

Lancaster County and the Norris School District have been found liable in a 2009 school bus crash that left 23 schoolchildren with minor injuries and a pickup driver with a traumatic brain injury, broken bones and a possible leg amputation.

The ruling, from District Court Judge Steven Burns, stated that the county’s failure to check on a missing stop sign contributed to the accident, as well as the bus driver’s actions behind the wheel. According to the Journal Star, a mature cornfield also obstructed the view of both drivers and contributed to the accident.The accident occurred on Aug. 24, 2009, at Gage Road and 25th Street.

A 2001 GMC pickup truck, driven by Jeffery Hall, struck the bus, driven by Ronnie Alden. The bus and the truck both careened into a ditch, where the bus rolled onto its side and the pickup caught fire.

Hall was found to be 30% negligent in the incident, with 70% of the burden lying with the county and school district. The county and school district will be required to pay $770,000 to Hall.