Bus Crash

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The driver in a fatal 2001 Seward bus crash has settled for $291,000 in damages from the State of Nebraska.

Joshua Smith had filed a $3 million claim against the state in January 2002, alleging the Department of Roads was negligent. In February of this year, a National Transportation Safety Board report concluded that Smith contributed to the crash, but placed most of the blame on a hazardous state construction zone.

The Oct. 13, 2001, accident killed four people and injured 27. The Seward students were returning home from a band competition at Burke High School. The Seward High School bus sheared off a guardrail and plunged about 60 feet into a creek.

A District Court judge still must approve the settlement. The state has already settled with other victims in the crash.