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Independence of the Seas
Jamaica Excursion Bus Accident Lawsuit

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Sued After Bus Driver Becomes Victim of Truck Driver

As we reported on January 14, 2016 Crystal Glewwe, 32, from Ham Lake, Minnesota was on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Independence of the Seas cruise ship excursion in Falmouth, Jamaica on January 14, 2016.

The tour bus which was operated by Excursion Entities, was involved in a near head-on collision during the trip to Dolphin Cove and Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica. The cruise excursion bus was hit by a Freightliner truck which had crossed over into oncoming traffic on a curve in the road, hitting the excursion bus traveling in the opposite direction. The Freightliner truck failed to keep to the left on a narrow, two-lane road and collided with the excursion bus on the road to Montego Bay. The Excursion Entities tour bus was flipped over with 20 cruise ship passengers aboard.

Two of the passengers were Crystal Glewwe and her daughter Kayden, 9. Kayden and Crystal were both injured and Crystal Glewwe died as a result of her injuries. But, a lawsuit filed this month has nothing to do with Crystal and Kayden.

Now, that eight of the passengers have filed a lawsuit a year later, it's interesting to note that the family of Crystal Glewwe, including husband Rick Glewwe who is a Minnesota Substance Church Pastor, is not a party to this or any other lawsuit related to this incident. However, Rick Glewwe's daughter Kayden Glewwe who was on the excursion bus as well, had serious injuries which resulted in surgery after the accident for a broken clavicle.

Michael Benton from North Carolina, Heather Drever from Connecticut, Amy Knight from Connecticut, Kimberly Mcclain from Michigan, Craig Perry from Florida, Michele Pollard from Illinois, Rania Price from North Carolina and Amanda Teehan from Michigan have a filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines blaming the cruise line for their injuries.

This point is clear. The Excursion Entities bus driver was a victim in this case. The vehicle he was driving was in the proper lane when it was broadsided by the Freightliner truck. But, because he was an employee of Excursion Entities who had contracted with American deep-pocket corporation Royal Caribbean International, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of some cruise ship passengers who were riding the bus when the Freightliner truck drove into it.

Why are these passengers blaming Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for their injuries in this lawsuit? The lawsuit outlines four primary reasons.

  • 1. "After booking the subject cruise aboard the Independence of the Seas, RCCL sent the Plaintiffs promotional material, which provided information and descriptions of shore excursions, including an excursion entitled, Dolphin Cove and Dunn’s River Falls.”

  • 2. "In addition to the promotional material sent to the Plaintiffs, RCCL’s website contained information and descriptions of shore excursions, including the subject excursion. Tickets for shore excursions, including the subject excursion, were also available for sale on RCCL’s website."

  • 3. "Once the Plaintiffs were aboard the subject cruise ship, RCCL conducted a live presentation to passengers, during which RCCL discussed all of the excursion options available to passengers during the cruise. The subject excursion was among the excursions discussed at the presentation."

  • 4. "RCCL also had promotional materials at its shore excursion desk aboard the cruise ship and/or other areas of the ship with information and descriptions of shore excursions, including the subject excursion. Tickets for shore excursions, including the subject excursion, were also available for sale on RCCL’s shore excursion desk aboard the cruise ship."

  • The lawsuit outlines these alleged events faulting Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. "While they were on the curve, a large truck was driving in the opposite direction as the bus. The truck began to pass another vehicle and, in doing so, began driving on the same lane as the bus, heading straight toward the bus. The bus driver, who was speeding, reacted slowly and attempted to swerve toward the side of the road when it was too late. As a result, the bus was broadsided by the truck and repeatedly flipped over."

    It is also noted that these eight passenger who are all from the United States were unaware they should have worn seat belts and ask the driver if there were seat belts they could use and assist them to find and use the seat belts.

    Instead the lawsuit blaming Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines says, "The bus used to transport passengers was unsafe and inappropriate due to the seat belts and/or lack thereof. Specifically, if the bus was equipped with seat belts, the seat belts had fallen off, were hidden/obscured, and/or were located completely underneath or between the seat cushions so that they were not visible and/or accessible. The Excursion Entities never advised the passengers that seat belts were available; they never instructed the passengers as to how to locate the hidden seat belts; and/or they never advised the passengers that seat belts should be worn at all times."

    The lawsuit alleges the accident caused the cruise passengers to suffer "physical pain, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, disfigurement, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental and/or nervous disorders, aggravation of any previously existing conditions therefrom, incurred medical expenses in the care and treatment of Plaintiffs’ injuries, suffered physical handicaps, lost earnings and lost earning capacity both past and future. The injuries are permanent or continuing in nature and the Plaintiffs will suffer the losses and impairments in the future. In addition, the Plaintiffs lost the benefit of Plaintiffs’ vacation, cruise, and transportation costs ".

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