Bluffton Bus Crash Survivors Get Supreme Court Victory

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court says a university’s insurance coverage extended to a charter bus that crashed, killing five student baseball players and two others.

The 5-2 ruling issued Tuesday is a victory for families and crash survivors that have tried to bring claims against Bluffton University’s insurance policies over a deadly 2007 bus crash in Atlanta.

The insurers had argued they could not be liable because the university in northwest Ohio did not own the bus, and they claimed the bus company was responsible for the driver. Lower courts agreed.

However, the state’s highest court said the driver was indeed covered under the school’s insurance because the university in northwest Ohio hired the bus and had granted permission to the driver.

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