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Footage shows Memorial Day bus accident

An accident that occurred on Memorial Day weekend that involved a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus was caught on film. The footage that was obtained was captured from the side of the bus and the front of the bus. It shows what happened in the accident that injured two children.

At the time of the accident, there were eight passengers on the bus. The bus came upon traffic that was backed up in the right lane. Instead of stopping, the bus slammed into the rear of the line. It caused a Nissan to spin and started a chain reaction. The trunk of the Nissan was pushed into the back seat of the sedan.

The bus was moving toward the lanes that were moving westbound. The concrete barrier that was recently erected on the two-mile bridge stopped the bus from moving into those lanes.

Two children who were injured needed immediate medical care, and there were two other people who were injured. The driver of the bus received three violations -- not operating in the right lane, driving too fast for current conditions and following too closely. It is unclear whether the bus driver is still employed by RIPTA because the organization wouldn't say and the driver's name was redacted from the police report.

The newly released footage could prove to be valuable in this case. One big factor in personal injury cases is being able to prove negligence. Video footage could possibly do that.

If you were injured in an accident, you should find out about seeking compensation. This might help to cover some of the damages that impacted your finances after the accident.

Source: WJAR-TV, "Only on 10: RIPTA crash that injured 2 children caught on film," Crystal Bui, Dec. 02, 2016

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