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4 Texas women killed in softball team bus crash

Four softball players from North Central Texas College lost their lives when the team bus was hit by an 18-wheeler in Oklahoma on Sept. 26. The team bus, carrying 15 players, was being driven home by the coach following a scrimmage against Bethany's Southern Nazarene University. The crash happened late in the evening approximately 60 miles north of the Gainesville campus on Interstate-35.

Three of the women reportedly died at the scene, and a fourth later succumbed to her injuries in a Sulphur, Oklahoma, hospital. Two other players remained in Norman Regional Hospital the following day, one in critical condition, while the coach and nine other players were treated and released.

The sides of the bus sustained severe damages as a result of the crash. Oklahoma police were unsure as to why the semi-truck veered across the median and into the path of the bus. The investigation into the accident is ongoing, and authorities have stated that they will treat the incident much like a homicide. Charges have not been filed.

When someone is hurt because of the negligence of another individual or party, the injured may have the option of seeking compensation for damages via a personal injury lawsuit. The fault may lie with an inattentive, drunk or unqualified truck driver or a lack of truck maintenance on part of the trucking company.

A personal injury attorney may gather information about the accident from sources like the crash investigation report, trucking logs and witness statements. A lawyer may take over the detailed groundwork necessary to prepare the case while the plaintiff concentrates on recovering from the injuries.

Source: CBS News, "Deadly collision involving college softball team's bus", September 27, 2014

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