Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Oct 10, 2014 in Bus Accidents
A Bloomberg investigation into the September crash that killed four softball players from North Central Texas College has revealed that the driver of the semi that hit the students had a marijuana pipe and prescription drugs in his cab at the time of the crash.
The items were reported in a police inventory after the accident. The driver, Russell Staley, 53, was driving a Quick-way Transportation, Inc. vehicle northbound on I-35 when he veered across the median and struck the southbound van that carried the young ball players.
The search, conducted on Sept. 28, listed a silver smoking pipe that investigators claimed smelled of burnt marijuana. Along with the pipe they found a plastic bag, which contained several types of prescription drugs, including a generic form of the antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline), and trazodone, another antidepressant used as a sleep aid.
Immediately following the accident, Staley commented to investigators that he was distracted by something in the cab, but did not indicate what he meant.
The family of one of the students who died in the crash has filed a lawsuit against Quickway Transportation, Inc.
At the time of the report, no criminal charges had been filed and Staley is cooperating with police. Quickway Transportation, Inc. says that it will do the same.
Stephens, Anderson & Cummings will continue to monitor the story and add updates as more details emerge.
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