A recent accident involving a car and bus filled with students resulted in at least one suffering serious injuries and others suffering minor injuries. The accident occurred in Bozeman, Montana.

The bus that was involved in the crash was chartered by a symphonic high school band on their way to a church. The bus was not in motion as it was getting ready to turn into the church’s parking lot when suddenly it was jarred by the force of another vehicle smashing into it from behind.

The 21-year-old female driver of the car that rear ended the bus had to be extricated by emergency personnel from her car at the accident site. She was then transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for immediate medical attention. According to a spokesman for the Montana Highway Patrol, the 21-year-old car driver was listed in serious condition and required surgery for her injuries.

Unfortunately, the driver of the car was not the only one who sustained injuries from the collision. Two out of the 44 innocent, unsuspecting band students that were present on the bus also suffered injuries.

According to police, the car was travelling between 50-55 miles per hour when it rear ended the stationary bus. The driver did not appear to apply any brakes prior to the car accident. Preliminary investigations note that the 21-year-old driver was likely distracted when she rear-ended the bus, but authorities are unclear if alcohol played a role. Charges against her are still pending.

Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatizing experience for those impacted by it. In recent years, distracted driving has become a public safety concern across the U.S. Anyone who believes they were injured in a car accident due to a distracted driver should consider contacting a personal injury law firm to determine if pursuing a negligence based lawsuit is in his or her best interests.

Source: KPAX 8 News, “Students shaken up after Bozeman bus accident,” Chet Layman, April 23, 2014