Three new lawsuits have been filed in connection with the Woodmore Elementary School bus crash that left six children dead.
Johnthony Walker, the driver, is charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving for crashing the bus, which was carrying 37 students.
Durham School Services employed Walker.
This week, Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, as well as Berke, Berke & Berke, filed three lawsuits in the Circuit Court of Hamilton County alleging that Durham School Services; National Express, which owns Durham; and Walker are guilty of negligence, gross negligence, and willful and wanton conduct demonstrating a conscious indifference to the lives and safety of others, according to a news release.
The complaints also allege that Durham and National Express are guilty of negligently hiring Walker to drive the bus, negligently training him, negligently continuing to employ him after receiving numerous complaints, failing to properly supervise him, failing to install monitoring equipment to monitor him, failing to pay reasonable wages in order to obtain competent drivers and failing to operate their system in a manner that would ensure the lives and safety of the children they were transporting.
They also failed to maintain safe buses, the complaints allege.
The incident happened in November 2016. Walker recently made bond, and a trial date has been set.
See the latest lawsuit documents below.