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Converted school bus misses stop sign, kills mother of three

Emergency workers approaching an accident scene in Leesburg thought at first that the driver of an old school bus had missed a stop sign and smashed into a guard rail. But, as they closed in on the scene of the car accident, the emergency responders saw the horrible truth: the bus had hit an Audi station wagon, and the crumpled remains of the station wagon were pinned beneath the bus. Five people were trapped inside the Audi.

First responders worked for more than three hours to saw through the wreckage to rescue the people in the station wagon. They found a female driver, her mother, and her three children. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Her mother and her teenage son were taken to Fairfax Hospital, where they remain in intensive care. The two younger children are in stable condition, but they have not yet been informed that their mother was killed in the accident.

According to police, the school bus had been converted into a food truck called Dane's Great American Hamburger Truck. The driver of the truck drove through the stop sign and hit the station wagon containing the victims. According to a police officer at the scene, the food truck "basically T-boned" the station wagon. Police also said that charges were likely but would await the outcome of the complete investigation.

Anyone who has been injured or lost loved ones in an accident caused by the failure of another driver to obey a traffic sign or signal may wish to consult an experienced personal injury attorney. A lawyer who handles accident cases can provide a helpful analysis of the facts of the case and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and loss of companionship.

Source: The Washington Post, "Virginia woman is killed in crash that injures her mother and 3 children," Michael E. Miller, Sept. 9, 2017

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