Madison County Transit sued over accident

Kelly Holleran Sep. 15, 2009, 6:00am

A Jersey County man has filed suit against Madison County Transit and the bus driver who he says struck his vehicle.

Adam Scannell claims he was driving south on Piasa Street at its intersection with 16th Street in Alton on Dec. 8 when Harold M. Marks Jr., who was driving a bus for Madison County Transit west on West 16th Street, collided with Scannell's vehicle.

As a result, Scannell sustained severe and permanent injuries, was hindered from attending to his usual duties, lost time and earnings and experienced a diminished future earning capacity, according to the complaint filed Sept. 1 in Madison County Circuit Court. In addition, he suffered great pain and anguish in the body and mind and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Madison County Transit, though Marks, and Marks negligently failed to control and stop the bus in time to avoid a collision, failed to stop at a stop sign, failed to sound a horn to give warning of its approach, failed to keep a proper lookout and drove too fast, the complaint says.

Scannell is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Michael R. Bilbrey and James R. Stever of the Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey in Edwardsville will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-914.

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