Passenger in Fatal Montana Bus Crash Files Lawsuit Against Greyhound, Rimrock Stages

Passenger in Fatal Montana Bus Crash Files Lawsuit Against Greyhound, Rimrock StagesA passenger involved in a Montana bus crash has filed a lawsuit against Greyhound Lines, Inc. and Rimrock Stages Inc., accusing the companies of negligence for causing the accident that left two people dead and 32 others injured.

According to The Associated Press, the complaint was filed on behalf of Claude Oulman, 77, of Butte, who is still recovering in the hospital from injuries he suffered in the January 8 crash along a snowy corridor on Interstate 90 near Clinton.

Initial reports of the investigation by Montana Highway Patrol estimate the bus was traveling at about 70 miles per hour when it allegedly slid off the icy highway and rolled onto its side. The suit, which was filed in state district court in Yellowstone County, claims the driver was driving too fast for conditions in order to stay on schedule to reach Missoula.

“He was pressured to stay on schedule, and that’s the reason he was driving 65-miles an hour on a skating rink,” said one of Oulman’s car accident attorneys.

Although the speed limit where the crash took place was 75 miles per hour, state law says drivers must operate their vehicles at a speed that is safe for the driving conditions. Along the same stretch of highway, a number of other accidents took place, including a tractor trailer rollover, suggesting the conditions had deteriorated enough that speed should have been lowered.

Oulman’s attorney stated his client suffered severe injuries, which included several broken bones, that put him in a coma shortly after the crash.

According to KTVQ News, the bus was traveling from Billings to Missoula when it encountered a stretch of the road the suit claims was like “a skating rink.” Investigators are continuing to work with the bus’ black box technology to identify any other contributing factors.