An accident on Interstate 65 south of Portage and Valparaiso and involving a Greyhound commercial bus left two people dead at the scene of the accident.
The Indiana State Police, which investigated the accident, also reported that several people, mostly passengers on the Greyhound, had to be taken to hospitals. While reports are that all passengers on the Greyhound will survive the accident, one of them had to be taken from the scene via a helicopter.
Initial indications are that a southbound driver in a sports coupe left its lane and struck the side of the SUV on its right as the SUV was also heading south.
The SUV then crossed over the median and to the northbound lanes, into the path of the Greyhound. The Greyhound smashed into the passenger side of the SUV. Other reports indicated that both of the fatalities in this accident were occupants of the SUV.
The driver of the sports car was not injured, and the Greyhound driver suffered injuries that police say were not life-threatening. He was taken to the hospital.
Authorities will no doubt continue to investigate this tragic accident. So far, though, there has been no indication of any citations being issued.
Police have also not made any formal statements about the cause of the accident or who is ultimately at fault, although it seems clear that the driver of the sports car struck the side of a vehicle traveling in another lane.
Major commercial vehicle accidents will require a thorough investigation
There will no doubt be many people, or grieving families, who will come forward asking for compensation after this fatal commercial motor vehicle accident.
Sorting these claims out will be difficult, as there may be multiple parties responsible for this chain reaction accident. Moreover, commercial vehicle accidents present a lot of legal issues that could involve many different insurance companies.
Those who have suffered losses after a commercial vehicle crash should evaluate their legal options carefully.