Now that some time has passed since the terrible collision in Biloxi, MS, investigators are starting to gather information about what occurred that caused the accident involving the charter bus and an oncoming CSX train. As information trickles out to the public, some victims of the accident have begun taking legal steps to ensure that those responsible are held financially accountable. Though knowing what went wrong won’t help to undue the harm that was already caused, it is useful in that it provides answers to the families of those injured or killed and serves as a terrible example for the future, hopefully sparing other families similar harm.
According to police investigators, the crash occurred at what’s known as a “humped” rail crossing. This means that the crossing is steep on both sides and presents the possibility that certain vehicles, especially long commercial vehicles, can bottom out or become stuck on top of the hump. It appears that the driver of the charter bus involved in the wreck was following directions from a GPS device for commercial vehicles, not the instructions provided by the tour bus company. This means the driver of the bus was never even supposed to be on the railroad crossing, something that several other commercial buses involved in the same tour group managed to avoid. It’s as yet unclear why the driver failed to follow the company’s instructions.