This serious school bus-tractor trailer accident made Atlanta news headlines this week. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel Two WSB-TV News: Charges are pending against the Cherokee County, Georgia substitute school bus driver who collided with an 18-wheeler truck on January 4, 2011. Six Cherokee County students were on the bus at the time of the wreck with four reported to have sustained minor injuries. The tractor trailer driver, Richie McKnight, stated to Channel Two Action News that he had to swerve to avoid striking the bus. The truck ran down a steep embankment, hitting trees and trapping the driver under the dashboard in a mass of twisted steel. "I sacrificed myself and my life to basically save the kids," he said. Mr. McKnight was seriously hurt in the wreck with injuries to his head, legs and back, and his truck was a total loss.
It sounds like this truck driver was a genuine hero who tried his best to minimize the harm to the school bus. Unfortunately, Mr. McKnight will be out of a job with his company until the company replaces his truck which could take months.
Attorney Scott Williamson assists victims of negligence all over Georgia and North Atlanta: Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Marietta, Smyrna, Johns Creek, Norcross, Duluth, Chamblee, and Tucker.