A terrible accident on I-40 near Forrest City took three lives this last Saturday night. The accident involved a bus, a tractor trailer, and a car. Dozens of people were injured in the accident. The bus that caused the accident belonged to Tornado Bus Lines of Dallas, Texas.
According to the Arkansas State Police, the bus crossed the median and collided with and eastbound truck. Then another eastbound tractor trailer collided with the bus.
Sadly, Danny Okurily, 30 years old, was the driver of the truck and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Danny was from Hot Springs, AR. It is so tragic when we have a loved one taken from us as a result of the negligence of someone else. We should all keep his families in our thoughts and prayers.
Raul Lopez and another victim were also found lifeless on the bus. Raul was 58 years old. He was from West Chicago, Illinois. So many people were traveling over the holiday weekend and drivers have a greater duty to drive safer in high traffic conditions.
If the family members of Mr. Lopez or Mr. Okurily have questions about this accident or about their rights, please do not hesitate to email us or contact us for more information.
Fortunately, David Rice, the driver of the tractor-trailer, lived and only had minor injuries. However, he should still seek proper medical treatment and ask about his rights. Mr. Rice is from Mars Hill, North Carolina.
The scariest part of this tragic event is that 47 people were on this Tornado Bus Line bus. The driver, Felix Tapia, had the lives of so many in his hands including children. The Tornado Bus Line Manifest list only 44 passengers and a driver onboard the bus which was en route from Chicago to Dallas. The bus driver is only 28 years old and is from Brownsville, Texas.
Numerous people were injured in the accident and hauled to the hospital in Forest City, West Memphis and Memphis.
If someone has questions about their legal rights as a result of this accident, please do not hesitate to ask our firm.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Airline, Cruise, Bus and Other Mass Transit Accidents.