Greyhound dismissed from suit over fall on bus

David Yates Nov. 3, 2011, 7:00am

A plaintiff's motion to dismiss Greyhound Lines from a personal injury suit has been granted by a local judge.

Last March, Rosa Vasquez and her daughter were passengers on a Greyhound bus when the driver abruptly swerved to avoid another vehicle, throwing the Beaumont woman to the ground.

As previously reported, Vasquez filed suit against Greyhound Lines on Aug. 19, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court, claiming she was forced to stand even though she purchased seats.

Court records show that on Feb. 8, Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, granted Vasquez's motion to dismiss with prejudice, effectively ending the litigation.

According to the lawsuit, on March 28, 2010, Vasquez and her daughter were riding the bus from Baytown to Beaumont.

"Vasquez purchased seats on the bus but none were available, so they were forced to stand," the suit states. "The Greyhound bus was traveling on I-10 in a construction zone at an unsafe rate of speed when the driver swerved abruptly to avoid an accident, causing plaintiff to fall and injure herself."

In her suit, Vasquez claimed she injured her neck, back, hip and knee in the fall. She further alleged Greyhound's bus driver was driving in an unsafe and negligent manner.

Vasquez was suing for past and future mental anguish, medical expenses and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney John Pat Parsons of the Lindsay Law Firm represented her.

Case No. D187-716

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