Firefighters hose down the wreckage of the bus and a truck involved in the deadly crash just north of Orland, Calif.(Dan Reidel / Chico Enterprise-Record)
A student injured in a deadly bus crash last month between a FedEx truck and a charter bus carrying prospective college students to Humboldt State University has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County.
Miles Hill, 18, filed a suit Tuesday that seeks unspecified damages against FedEx and Silverado Stages, the bus company that was shuttling dozens of students from Southern California to Humboldt for a weekend tour.
In the suit, Hill blames FedEx for causing the April 10 crash, in which the truck sped out of control across a highway median and slammed head-on into the charter bus, killing the two drivers and eight others, including five students.
Hill said he had to kick out a bus window to escape the smoke and flames that killed some of his peers. The bus driver failed to explain the bus’ emergency exit procedures, according to the suit.
The teenage violinist said at a news conference Wednesday that he broke his collar bone and may never be able to play again because of his multiple injuries. His ears show the scars from the heat.
“My soul is pretty much crushed,” he said.
The lawsuit is just the latest of what is expected to be a slew of litigation against the bus company and FedEx.
Last month the mother of a student who died filed a wrongful death suit for $100 million. FedEx said it does not comment on litigation.