After nearly four years of litigating the matter, most of the parties in a lawsuit against Hankook Tire Co. involving a fatal church bus crash in Gatlinburg, TN settled in January 2018, just before trial. The parties have not disclosed the settlement’s details.
The accident, which took place on October 2, 2013, occurred when the bus’s left-front tire blew out while traveling on Interstate 40, causing the driver to lose control, reported Statesville Record & Landmark. The bus crossed over the median and hit an SUV and an 18-wheeler traveling westbound.
Six members of the Front Street Baptist Church, the driver of the tractor-trailer, and a passenger in the SUV died in the accident. Twelve survivors of the crash were also named as plaintiffs.
According to The Standard Banner, the plaintiffs filed a complaint against Hankook Tire in September 2014, asserting the tire was “negligently and defectively manufactured and designed” by the defendant, Hankook Tire, and that it “failed to meet the reasonable expectations of an ordinary consumer as to its safety.”
The plaintiffs claim the tire suffered a sudden, catastrophic, and complete tread/belt separation” because it was “defective.”
Each of the plaintiffs sought damages in excess of $10,000,” punitive damages, and “all such other and further relief as this court deems just and proper.”
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