A Georgia woman injured when a double-decker bus crashed in southern Indiana is suing Megabus over medical bills and lost wages stemming from her injuries.
Dyrell Lee of Hamilton, Georgia, filed the lawsuit last week in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois against Coach Leasing Inc., Coach U.S.A. Inc., Megabus Southeast LLC and Megabus U.S.A. LLC.
Lee's Chicago attorney, Tom Zimmerman, said she's suing over medical bills, lost wages and other financial damages due to a separated shoulder, concussion, bruising and cuts she sustained in the Dec. 20 crash.
Sean Hughes, a spokesman for Megabus, its parent company Coach USA and the two other entities, said Tuesday that company officials haven't been served with the lawsuit and therefore cannot offer comment on its allegations.
Zimmerman said the court has granted an emergency motion for a protective order to preserve evidence from the crash, including the double-decker bus and its data recorders.
"This is so it won't be destroyed or altered and experts can inspect it," Zimmerman told The (Seymour) Tribune.
The bus was carrying 68 passengers and traveling from Chicago to Atlanta when it slid off Interstate 65 in Seymour and rolled onto its side. Twenty-six passengers sought medical treatment at a Seymour hospital.
Police said 50-year-old bus driver Christopher Kelley, of Olympia Fields, Illinois, was driving south in the left lane of I-65 and moving into the right lane when he lost control and the bus overturned. State Police said there was light snow at the time and the temperature was below freezing.
In October, a Megabus following the same route was involved in a crash on I-65 just south of Indianapolis, in which several people were injured.