One person is dead following a serious accident in Berkeley, according to local sources. The motor vehicle accident reportedly involved a California AC transit bus and another vehicle. Police have said they are unsure what caused the crash, and so far no charges have been filed.
According to the accident report, around 6:40 a.m. the morning of Feb. 8, a transit bus was traveling west when the crash occurred. A southbound sedan carrying a single occupant was struck by the bus, which then proceeded to crash into a house. Only one passenger was on the bus at the time apart from the driver, and neither individual suffered injuries.
Unfortunately, the driver of the sedan, who has not been identified publicly at this time, was killed in the crash. This individual was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel. Police have called this incident an “uncommon” occurrence and are still investigating at this time.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation into the fatal motor vehicle accident, the driver of the bus could face claims for monetary damages, as could the bus driver’s employer. This is true even if no criminal charges are filed. If evidence of negligence on the part of the bus driver exists, California law allows the family of the deceased sedan driver to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver in civil court. In this case, if the family chooses to pursue legal action of this type, the suit may be filed against the parent company that owned and operated the bus as well.
Source: Fox News, “1 dead after California transit bus strikes car, crashes into home“, Katherine Lam, Feb. 8, 2018