Texarkana Water Utilities being sued over 2015 school bus wreck

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A lawsuit filed last week alleges a Texarkana Water Utilities truck driver caused a wreck with a Texarkana, Ark., school bus in August 2015.

Little Rock, Ark., attorney Jake Logan filed a complaint in Miller County Circuit Court on behalf of KeErica Turner. Turner was a passenger on a Texarkana, Ark., Independent School District bus when it collided with a Texarkana Water Utilities pick up truck on the afternoon of Aug. 20, 2015, at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and east 24th Street.

The suit alleges driver Zackery Mangum ran a red light, causing the bus to strike the side of the TWU Ford F-150 he was steering. Mangum, TWU, and the City of Texarkana, Texas, are listed as defendants.

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The complaint alleges TWU are liable because Mangum was on the job at the time of the collision. The complaint accuses Mangum of running the red light, of driving at an unsafe speed, of failing to keep a proper lookout, of driving too close to another vehicle and being inattentive.

The complaint seeks compensation for Turner’s injuries, for medical expenses, and for mental anguish, pain and suffering. The suit asks that the defendants be required to pay attorney fees and court costs. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Brent Haltom.

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