LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawsuit was filed Thursday against a Las Vegas-based tour bus company and one of its drivers after a crash last week that killed one person and critically injured three others.
The bus with more than 40 people aboard rolled over last Friday in northwestern Arizona while headed to a Grand Canyon viewpoint on the Hualapai Reservation.
The suit was filed by Las Vegas law firm Eglet Adams on behalf of a Florida man and Alabama woman who were on the tour bus. It alleges the driver was negligent and traveling above the speed limit.
Mohave County authorities said the cause of the rollover remains under investigation although a fire official has said speed appeared to be a factor.
Lawyers at Eglet Adams said the two plaintiffs suffered injuries “that could be permanent and disabling and are suing for pain, suffering, anxiety, disability, emotional distress, loss of earning capacity and damages for past and future medical treatment.”
They are seeking a jury trial in Nevada’s Clark County District Court.
The suit alleges the the driver was “inexperienced, incompetent and unfit to drive a commercial tour bus.”
It also alleges that Comedy On Deck Tours was responsible for the hiring, training, retaining, supervision and control of the driver involved in the rollover.
A call to Comedy On Deck Tours for comment on the lawsuit wasn’t immediately returned Thursday afternoon.
According to the company’s website, Comedy on Deck Tours brings customers from the Las Vegas Strip to the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon West on tours guided by professional comedians.
In a video, the company said safety concerns led to a practice of using a comedian as a guide and employing another person as a driver, rather than have a driver take on double duties.