Jackson County, Missouri: Multiple people were trapped inside a tour bus after it collided with a semi truck on Monday morning. Emergency crews were sent to the scene on I-70, just past Adams Dairy Parkway in Blue Springs.
The bus was being driven by Stewart Stillman, 47, of Overland, was headed from St. Louis to Overland Park. Stillman pulled over to the side of the highway after getting a flat tire. Witnesses reported seeing a tractor-trailer swerving before colliding with the stationary bus. The bus spun sideways and nearly flipped over.
Trucker Cited For Careless & Imprudent Driving
It was reported later Monday afternoon that the truck driver, Russell Schneider, 42, of Mexico, Mo., was issued a citation for careless and imprudent driving. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, the trucker reported that he had put a piece of gum in his mouth, started to choke and then reached for some water.
Schneider was traveling with another person in the semi-truck who suffered moderate injuries. Schneider was not injured in the crash and refused treatment at the scene.
Numerous Injuries Reported
Ten people aboard the bus, including the driver and all nine passengers on the tour bus, were transported to Centerpoint Hospital.
Nineteen-year-old Mosezetta Stuckey, a passenger in the bus, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. It was reported by KMOV that one other passenger on the bus was transported to the hospital in critical condition. That information has since become unclear.
According to witness Landon Whitteck, about half of the tour bus’s left side had been torn away.
“I knew my first instinct was, for the people who were OK, to get them off the bus. … They were trying to get to a lady who was trapped. There was another guy who looked like he might have been pinned. His arm was severely broken.”
Whitteck told news stations that emergency workers cut open part of the left side of the bus to remove at least one passenger.
Investigation Into Bus Crash Ongoing
Kansas City News reported that Investigators planned to download information from the truck’s event data recorder to learn the truck’s speed at the time of the accident and other details, such as whether the driver was wearing a seatbelt and the turn signal had been engaged.
The small tour bus was headed to a company that conducts clinical research.
In incidents involving multiple company vehicles, evidence preservation is absolutely critical. While investigators will report the aspects of the scene of the accident, it is up to a personal injury attorney to request company records that may have some insight into the crash. If you’re injured in an accident involving a commercial driver, call our office right away for a free consultation. 314.444.4444.