Attorney: Woman hurt in Berkley bus crash has over 150 staples in her head

Lawyer Brian Cunha has filed a lawsuit on behalf of injured passenger Tiffany Briere, of Tiverton, and her 11-year-old daughter, who was also hurt.

Broken arms, legs, neck bones.

Head injuries.

Those are some of the wounds people suffered when a school bus with more than two dozen adults and children went off Route 24 in Berkley and rolled Saturday night.

Lawyer Brian Cunha has filed a lawsuit on behalf of injured passenger Tiffany Briere, of Tiverton, and her 11-year-old daughter, who was also hurt.

“She had a fractured elbow and internal injuries, concussion. Mom had very serious injuries, over 150 staples in her head from here to here, concussion. She’s now been released from the hospital, which is good, and she’s recovering,” Cunha told NBC 10 News Thursday.

They are suing the accused drunk driver, who prosecutors said caused the crash.

Christy Gilpatrick, of Warren, has been charged with second offense OUI.

Authorities said she hit another car, spun in front of the bus, and both vehicles went off the highway.

The bus flipped, sending Briere and the other passengers flying.

“She just remembers a bump and the next thing she remembers is the bus swerving and the bus going over and over and the next thing she remembers she’s in the hospital. She had a concussion so she got knocked unconscious,” Cunha said.

Passengers on the bus and a relative have told NBC 10 that there were 31 people, including kids, mostly from the same extended family in the Tiverton/Fall River area on the school bus returning from an annual trip to LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro.

Cunha said the family chartered the bus.

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