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Suits mounting after fatal school bus crash

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — The number of lawsuits stemming from the Nov. 20 fatal crash of a Huntsville school bus continues to grow.

The crash killed four Lee High School students and injured dozens of others. The bus was filled with 40 students when it careened over a retaining wall and smashed nose-first into the ground.

Lawsuits by eight injured students were filed Friday in Madison County Circuit Court, seeking unspecified damages. Several lawsuits were filed previously and more are expected.

In Friday’s suit, defendants include Laidlaw Transit Inc., the bus company under contract with Huntsville City Schools; bus driver Anthony Tyrone Scott; the teen driver of the car that collided with the bus shortly before it plunged over an Interstate 565 on-ramp; and other unnamed defendants.

“The front left tire of the bus hit the barrier, and the bus climbed onto the barrier and drove along the top portion of the barrier for some distance before it plummeted approximately 30 feet to the ground,” the lawsuits say.

The lawsuits allege Laidlaw was negligent for failing to ensure the bus had properly functioning and fitting seat belts and to enforce the use of seat belts by its employee.

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