On March 24, 2017 students from Pleasant High School were returning home after a track meet. The bus was carrying 32 students. An 18-wheeler owned by Rooney Trucking sideswiped the Mount Pleasant High School bus and the collision resulted in the deaths of two people.
The parents of five of the 18 injured teens, who survived the three-vehicle accident involving the school bus they were riding in, have filed a lawsuit in Titus County Texas asking for 25 million dollars. The families seek damages for “sustained physical, mental and post-traumatic stress.”
The lawsuit alleges that the trucking company is liable for the actions of its employee, Bradley Ray Farmer of Bogard, Missouri, who was driving the truck that “recklessly veered across the highway while operating an 18-wheeler truck into the bus’s lane, sideswiping the driver’s side of the bus and causing it to spin out of control.” The driver of the truck, Farmer, died after succumbing to his injuries.
Moreover, the truck also sideswiped a car driven by the team’s assistant coach, Angela Beard, who also died of her injuries. At this time, it is unclear whether Coach Van Bowen who was driving the bus and was critically injured, or any of the other 13 students in the accident have filed suit.