Tour bus company, First Class Tours, has been named in a lawsuit filed by a mother whose son was severely injured in the tragic bus accident involving 40 Channelview ISD students.
According to a story appearing on the Chron.com website, the deadly charter bus crash that happened on Tuesday, March 13 in Loxley, Alabama ended with the death of the bus driver and the injury of a number of students who were passengers who were returning home from a trip to Disney World.
The bus, chartered from First Class Tours, had been carrying 46 students and adults plunged off of a 50-foot ravine off of an overpass in Baldwin County, Alabama. The driver, Harry Caligone, was pronounced dead at the scene caused by blunt force trauma.
The case was filed in Harris County Civil Court by the mother of one of the students who claimed that her child had suffered a severe head scalping injury and is also suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The lawsuit seeks $1 million in compensation on behalf of the plaintiff.
First Class Tours has been the subject of investigation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on numerous occasions. According to records at the federal agency, inspectors have inspected First Class Tours a total of 276 times and the FMCSA has issued a total of 20 citations for violations by the company. The company has a total of 58 buses and motor coaches and employs 94 drivers. Among the violations are drivers who were cited for unsafe driving and driving over the posted speed limit. In the past two years, the company has had four other crashes with one fatality.