Woman Injured in Megabus Crash Files Suit

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Rescue workers remove some of the 64 riders of a Megabus headed to St. Louis from Chicago, after a tire blowout and the bus hit a bridge support in Litchfield, Illinois on August 2, 2012. Police say 31 people were taken to three area hospitals and three flown to Saint Louis hospitals in St. Louis. Litchfield is located along Highway 55 about 60 miles north of St. Louis. Police have reported one female person has died. (UPI/Ralph Abraham)

CHICAGO, IL (KMOX) - A Chicago law firm has filed suit against Megabus on behalf of a young passenger injured when one of the company’s buses slammed into a concrete pillar on I-55 near Litchfield, Illinois August 2nd, killing one and injuring dozens.

Jamie Schultz, 19, of Chicago was sitting behind 24-year-old Aditi R. Avhad, a University of Missouri graduate student who was killed in the accident.

Attorney Michael Krzak with Clifford Law Offices says the emotional trauma of witnessing Avhad’s death, along with her own injuries, has led to the lawsuit.

“[Schultz] was seated in the fifth row on the upper deck,” Krzak said. “That’s the part of the bus, of course, that struck the embankment the hardest.”

“When she got up, she had blood all over her body which wasn’t her own blood, it was blood of other people. She saw the person who had died on the bus. She saw other people who were stuck on the bus and who were horrifically injured.”

Krzak said Schultz is “having a difficult time physically and emotionally.”

“She’s just 19. She’s a young girl who went through a horrific experience and the scarring from this will likely be with her the rest of her life.”

The law firm has asked that “the bus be preserved and not be altered or disposed of” in order to grant them time to inspect and photograph the bus. Cook County Circuit Court Judge William Maddux granted a protective order Monday in response.

“One of her goals, and our goal, is to investigate this, to get to the root cause of this, to make sure a tragedy like this doesn’t happen again,” Krzak said.

Among the allegations made by Clifford Law Offices is that Megabus driver Preston Taylor was driving too fast for road conditions, that Megabus failed to keep its buses in a “reasonably safe condition” and that the company failed to train its employees properly.

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