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ODOT Sued After Bus Crash

OPB | April 9, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 11, 2013 12:41 a.m.

Last December a charter bus from Vancouver, British Columbia, crashed on I-84 just east of Pendleton. The accident killed nine people and injured 38. Now lawyers representing a survivor, and the estates of three of the people who died, are suing the Oregon Department of Transportation. According to the Associated Press:

The lawsuit says the department was negligent for failing to warn drivers of unsafe conditions, not requiring commercial vehicles to taken another route, not adequately plowing and sanding snow, and failing to equip that stretch of the interstate with barriers strong enough to prevent a bus from leaving the roadway.

We’ll talk to a local attorney about the legal precedence for this case. 

What do you think ODOT should do to warn people of unsafe conditions? How legally responsible should they be for the safety of their roads?

GUEST:

  • Jan Kitchel: Lawyer with Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

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