Family of Bus Driver Killed in Orland Crash Sues

Oct 31, 2014 7:53 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The family of the bus driver killed with nine others in a fiery collision with a FedEx truck in Northern California has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company.

The Sacramento Bee reported Thursday that the lawsuit seeks damages, claiming the FedEx tractor-trailer was operated negligently, causing the crash.

The suit was filed by the family of 53-year-old Talalelei Lealao-Taiao, who was driving a Silverado Stages tour coach that was struck head-on by the FedEx truck April 10 near Orland.

The bus was carrying Los Angeles-area high school students to a weekend tour of Humboldt State University in Arcata.

Lealao-Taiao and FedEx driver Tim Evans were killed along with eight bus passengers.

In a statement Thursday, FedEx officials said the freight carrier continues to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.


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