DALLAS, Tex. – A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a 19-year-old college student who was critically hurt when a tractor-trailer driver collided with the bus carrying her and other members of a college softball team last month in Oklahoma.
Meagan Richardson, 19, Katelynn Woodlee, 18, Jaiden Pelton, 20, and Brooke Deckard, 20, were all killed in the crash. Several others were hurt.
The lawsuit was filed against Nashville, Tenn. based Quickway Transportation, Inc. and truck driver Wayne Staley of Saginaw, Tex., on behalf of North Central Texas College student Rachel Hitt.
Attorneys say Quickway was negligent in its hiring, training, and supervision of Staley before the Sept. 26 crash.
According to investigators, Staley claimed he was distracted by something in the cab of his 18-wheeler before veering across the center median and striking the team’s bus in the southbound lane on Interstate 35 south of Oklahoma City near Turner Falls.
The North Central Texas College softball team was coming back after a softball scrimmage against Southern Nazarene University in Bethany.