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School Bus’ Lack Of Seat Belts|Led To Deaths & Injuries, Parents Claim

BEAUMONT, TEXAS (CN) - Two girls died on the way to a high school soccer game and 19 others were severely injured in a school bus crash because a long list of busmakers, parts makers and individuals made, sold, and operated the bus without seat belts, the girls' parents claim in Jefferson County Court. This case involves the March 29, 2006 crash of the West brook High School team bus.

Alice Bonura and Ashley Brown died in the bus-pickup crash, say the plaintiffs, who are represented by Paul Ferguson Jr. with Provost Umphrey.

Here are the defendants: ABC Bus Companies Inc., individually and dba ABC Companies; ABC Texas Bus Sales Inc., individually and dba ABC Companies; ABC Bus Inc.; Greg Gates; General Coach America Inc.; Thor Industries Inc.; Champion Bus Inc.; Freightliner LLC, individually and its successor corporation Daimler Trucks North America; Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation; Freedman Seating Company; Amaya-Astron Seating; Bode Corp USA Inc.; Beaumont Freightliner Inc.; W&B Service Company LP; Smart's Truck & Trailer Equipment Inc.; Riata Automobile Management LC dba Riata Ford; Cummins Southern Plains LLC; Bergstrom Inc.; Bergstrom Parts LLC; Excel Industries Inc.; Atwood Solutions LLC; Starquest Products, Creation Group Inc.; United Technologies Corporation dba Carrier Corporation; Glassmaster Company; LRP Construction; et al.

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