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Elderly Casco Driver Killed in Head-On Collision With School Bus in Bridgton

655548_school_bus_red_light sxchu.jpgA 74-year-old Casco woman was recently killed in a head-on crash with a school bus on Route 302 in Bridgton. According to local police, Jacqueline Ingalls was headed north in a Plymouth minivan when she unexpectedly swerved into the path of an oncoming Lake Region School District minibus. Emergency responders reportedly transported the bus driver, 62-year-old Blair Watson of Naples, and two of the three students who were riding in the bus at the time of the crash to Bridgton Hospital with minor injuries. Unfortunately, Ingalls died at the scene of the accident.

A stretch of Route 302 between Sandy Creek Road and Burnham Road was allegedly closed for about three hours while Bridgton police investigated the accident. At this time, police reportedly have no idea why Ingalls left her designated lane on the roadway. The cause of the fatal collision is currently under investigation by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Normally, a head-on collision occurs when a motorist travels on the wrong side of the roadway. Due to the high number of two-lane roads throughout Maine, such accidents are common in our state. In general, head-on crashes are caused by driver negligence. Common factors in such accidents include, driver impairment, inexperience, or inattention, speeding, illegal passing, and road defects. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Analysis Reporting System, approximately 83 percent of head-on crashes occur on rural roads. Additionally, about 82 percent of head-on accidents result in a fatality.

Someone who was hurt by a negligent driver may be able to recover financial compensation for their physical harm, emotional injuries, and lost wages. In order to recover damages, the victim in a head-on or other automobile crash in Maine must demonstrate that the other driver was more responsible than they were for the accident and their injuries or lost wages directly resulted from the collision. If you were hurt in an automobile crash, you should contact a quality car accident lawyer to discuss your case.

Call Briggs & Wholey toll free at (888) 596-1099 if you were hurt in a car accident in Maine. Our hardworking Portland, Maine personal injury attorneys have more than 25 years of experience helping those who were hurt in an automobile crash receive the best possible outcome available based on the facts of their case. At Briggs & Wholey, our diligent team of lawyers is here to help you protect your rights and assist you in filing your injury claim. Our dedicated attorneys represent hurt clients and their loved ones throughout the State of Maine. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer, do not hesitate to contact Briggs & Wholey through our website today.

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Additional Resources:

Casco woman killed in head-on crash with school bus in Bridgton, by Seth Koenig, Bangor Daily News

Casco woman killed when van runs into school bus, by David Hench, Portland Press Herald

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