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One person still critical after Boston bus crash

One person injured in Saturday night's Boston bus crash was still listed in critical condition yesterday, according to media reports.

The tour bus had taken high school students and chaperones on a visit to Harvard University. The bus was headed home to Philadelphia when it crashed into an overpass on Soldiers Field Road at the Western Avenue Bridge at about 7:30 p.m.

The driver, 66 years old, has not been charged, a State Police spokesperson said. However, an investigation into the accident continues; it could take up to six weeks to complete, an official said. At this point, there is no indication the driver was impaired at the time of the crash.

Thirty-five passengers were injured in the accident, the police spokesperson said. Four were in serious condition; the person in critical condition has life-threatening injuries.

One woman, whose nephew and sister were on the bus, said the young man was uninjured, but that her sister had suffered serious head, neck and spine injuries.

The owner of the Philadelphia bus company said in an interview that the driver might have been checking the GPS when the accident happened.

The owner, who had apparently spoken to the driver, said the driver claimed he'd looked down at the GPS, and when he looked up, the low bridge was in front of the vehicle and that the vehicle then hit the bridge.

The State Police spokesperson said it's possible the driver missed a sign warning buses of the low bridge.

Those who are injured as the result of negligence by a commercial vehicle driver should contact an attorney experienced at holding accountable those responsible for damage.

Source: Boston Globe, "One still critical after bus accident in Boston," Feb. 3, 2013

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