Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Victims of bus crash file lawsuit

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority not named


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

A lawsuit filed this month pertaining to a bus vs. automobile accident in February may have named the wrong party as defendant.

The suit was filed on April 6 in Blaine County 5th District Court by Boise attorney Scott M. Ludwig on behalf of accident victims James R. Welch and Kathleen E. Welch-Wolverton. The suit names as defendant Friends of Mountain Rides Inc., doing business as Mountain Rides Transportation Authority. However, Friends of Mountain Rides Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports Mountain Rides operations, does not operate Mountain Rides Transportation Authority.

"Mountain Rides has not been given notice that we're being sued," Mountain Rides Transportation Authority Executive Director Jason Miller said Thursday. "The lawsuit was to Friends of Mountain Rides. We are not being sued."

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The accident occurred on Feb. 23 about two miles north of Hailey on state Highway 75 when a Mountain Rides bus driven by Pamela Vasquez collided with a 1999 Toyota Camry driven by Kathleen E. Welch-Wolverton.

Welch-Wolverton and James R. Welch, a passenger in her vehicle, were transported to St. Luke's Wood River for injuries.

The plaintiffs are alleging "negligent operation of a motor vehicle" in the lawsuit and are seeking unspecified monetary damages.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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