• November 03, 2022

Children Injured, Trucker Charged in Bus, Truck Accident in Levy County, FL

Yankeetown, FL -- October 24, 2022, officials charged Frederick Campbell in connection with a truck accident involving a school bus.

Reports say the incident happened on March 30 in Levy County along US Highway 19. It appears that a school bus was stopped and dropping off children at the time. Dash cam footage shows a semi-truck approaching the bus at significant speed. It veered to the left, but crashed into the back of the school bus.

As a result of the crash, it appears at least two kids from the bus were significantly injured and continue to recover from the incident. Authorities say that Frederick Campbell was the driver of the truck at the time. They say he will face charges for reckless driving with serious bodily injury, failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to stop for a school bus, careless driving, falsification of time records, and operating a CMV with an out of service condition.  

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on School Bus, Truck Accident in Levy County

It may have taken some time, but if the allegations here are true, then it's encouraging to see some steps taken toward seeing there are consequences for this awful event. There are few scenarios where a truck hits the back of a stopped school bus in broad daylight without the driver doing something wrong. There are also few situations where a truck driver in the wrong makes as many mistakes as police say this guy did.

This brings up some complex issues, however. These potential charges may not makes this as open-and-shut as people may think. One thing which still needs to be addressed is whether or not anyone could have seen this coming.

frederick campbell Children Injured, Trucker Charged in Bus Accident in Levy County, FL

I've helped hundreds of families affected by commercial vehicle wrecks, and an important lesson they often learn is that the employers of these drivers can be just as much in the wrong as the drivers are. Take this crash, for example. Police accuse this driver of doing some serious things, including lying about hours of service and having hazardous conditions on the vehicle. If the driver works for an employer, those are things they should know about.

Some companies, though, simply ignore those problems or are too inept to seek them out because they just care about having product on the road. This can lead to serious accidents where a driver engaging in reckless behavior--either with the encouragement of their employer or the implicit free rein to do so--causes harm due to actions which a responsible employer could have prevented.

I can't say whether or not such mistakes contributed to this crash, but I can say without a doubt that these are important possibilities to investigate after a serious truck wreck. That's only more true when the well being of children is on the line.

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