Woman Injured In Fatal Bus Crash Files Lawsuit
A Canadian woman seriously injured in a bus crash on Interstate 380 in Covington Twp. that killed another passenger filed a lawsuit against the driver and his employer.
Alamelu Velappan Subramanian was a passenger on a bus driven by Charles D. Dixon of the Bronx, New York, that crossed the highway median and struck several trees on Oct. 14.
Police say Dixon, 51, was fatigued from driving long hours and had cocaine in his system when he lost control of the bus. The crash killed Rebecca Blanco, 33, of Vacaville, California, who texted police minutes before to say Dixon was driving erratically. Several other passengers were badly injured.
Dixon was charged in November with multiple offenses, including homicide by vehicle while under the influence, homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault by vehicle. He is scheduled to go to trial on July 8 in Lackawanna County Court.
The civil lawsuit, filed in Lackawanna County Court by Scranton attorney Marion Munley, seeks damages on several counts, including negligence and punitive damages, from Dixon and his employer, Big Red Bullet Inc. of Ithaca, New York.
The suit alleges Dixon was negligent for continuing to drive despite knowing he was overly tired and under the influence of drugs. It notes he admitted to police that he nodded off and should have stopped the bus.
It alleges his employer was negligent for failing to ensure it properly trained drivers.
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