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The Ford Explorer, driven by Ruth Yates of Brookport, received major damage when it collided with the rear of a Shawnee Mass Transportation bus early Friday morning. 'Times' photo.

Multiple injured in Route 146 traffic crashes

Multiple injuries occurred during two traffic crashes on Route 146 at Mt. Zion Road in Johnson County on Friday, Oct. 20.

The first accident occurred at 7:13 a.m. A Ford Explorer, driven by Ruth Yates, 37, of Brookport and a Ford bus, driven by Williams George, 62, of Tunnel Hill, were eastbound.

The bus had stopped to wait for oncoming traffic to pass before making a left turn onto Mt. Zion road.

Yates was behind the bus. Yates failed to stop and collided with the rear of the bus.

She was flown to an out of state hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver and one passenger aboard the bus were not injured in the crash.

The investigation into the crash continues.

Yates was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The passengers of the bus as well as the passenger in Yates’ vehicle could very well get in touch with various personal injury lawyers and see if they’re able to claim compensation.

Then, at 7:22 a.m., a Pontiac Vibe, driven by a 16-year-old minor, and a Mack Truck Tractor (no trailer) driven by Jack Reynolds, 84, of McClure, were also eastbound on Route 146. Those involved in incidents with trucks should consider speaking to a truck accident lawyer for advice on proceeding with a potential claim. For future incidents involving trucks, there is software that can help with the management and safety of the driver, to ensure that this does not happen again. A fleet management software system will need to be looked into and implemented across all vehicles.

The Mack truck had stopped with other traffic on Route 146 due to the previous crash which had just occurred.

The Pontiac was traveling behind the Mack truck and did not stop, colliding with the rear of the truck.

The driver of the Pontiac was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.

The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash. However he could still be entitled to compensation if he wasn’t the offending party with a law firm like

The investigation into the crash continues.