Drivers in Fatal Bus-Truck Collision Cited

The two drivers involved in a fatal truck accident in February were issued citations, according to sources. On February 16, a school bus full of children collided with a dump truck, killing one and injuring 17 others. We wrote about this story last month; you can read about it here.

School bus driver John Tieman, 66, was inching forward at a stop sign to get a better look when a dump truck struck the bus in the intersection. Police cited Tieman for failure to yield. The truck driver, Michael Caporale, 38, was cited for failure to secure the container on his truck and failure to cover the load with a tarp. No criminal charges have been filed against the drivers yet—toxicology test results are still pending.

The accident claimed the life of 11-year-old Isabelle Tezsla and injured her two triplet sisters, who required hospitalization.

Investigators cited Herman’s Trucking—owner of the dump truck—for mechanical issues, including inadequate braking, and for being over the weight limit for the tires. The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting its own investigation, which could take up to a year.

Safety regulations are in place for a reason. Even if these infractions seem minor at the time, they can eventually cause an accident or make an accident more dangerous. Herman’s Trucking needs to be held accountable for its negligence.

Spevack Law Firm—Middlesex County truck accident attorneys.

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