Field trips for school children are intended to be both entertaining and educational. They are not supposed to end with multiple injuries. Some field trips, unfortunately, end in tragedy or near tragedy and send more than a few children to the hospital. A collision of two charter buses near Duxbury avoided profound tragedy but still managed to cause injuries to seven children and one adult.

Two charter buses were carrying fifth graders on their return from a visit to the Boston Museum of Science. A third vehicle – an SUV – that was traveling ahead of the buses slowed suddenly and inexplicably. The bus immediately behind the SUV came to a complete stop to avoid the SUV. The second bus then crashed into the first bus. Six children and one adult were deemed to have suffered injuries that required medical attention. All seven were taken to Beth Israel and Deaconess Hospital for treatment.

Very few details were available concerning the condition of the children and the one adult who was injured. The principal of the school said that she had spoken to the majority of the parents who met their children at the hospital and that most, if not all of the children, had been treated and released. The principal said that the injuries had been medically classified as “minor” but that no injury is minor from the view point of the child’s parents.

Based upon information released to date, this accident caused only a small number of slight injuries. If higher speeds had been involved, far more serious injuries may have resulted. Anyone who suffers an injury or loses a loved one in a car accident or in an accident such as this one may wish to consider seeking recovery of damages for lost income, medical expenses or pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood on a significant recovery.