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New lawsuit filed in deadly tour bus crash near Big Bear

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Two months after eight people were killed in a horrific tour bus crash near Big Bear, a local attorney has filed a lawsuit pushing for answers in the case.

The bus was carrying 39 passengers from Tijuana and San Diego County back from a day trip to the snow when tragedy struck.

A suit has already been filed in San Bernardino County where the crash happened. And a local attorney has just filed a suit at the county courthouse on behalf of three families from San Diego.

"They haven't really come to grips with this," said San Diego-based Attorney James Frantz when referring to the seven victims he represents.

Two of them died in February's bus crash near Big Bear, that ultimately killed eight people and injured dozens more.

"One is a physician who required the amputation of left foot and part of left leg," he said.

Frantz filed the lawsuit against both the National City bus company Scapadas Magicas and the driver, Norberto Perez.

Perez told authorities he experienced brake problems shortly before the careening bus hit a sedan, collided with a pick up and flipped along Highway 38.

A Federal agency later ordered the immediate shutdown of the company noting -- its vehicles are not systematically inspected, repaired or maintained and that its drivers aren't qualified, nor do they have appropriate licenses.

"The lawsuit is a mechanism for us to find out what happened in the case and who's at fault," Frantz said.

The lawsuit seeks damages exceeding $25,000.

Frantz says the filing will hopefully speed up the investigation. Once that's complete, they'll either settle, or head to court.

"At the end of the day, the case is either resolved by the parties at fault or the jury makes determination if anything what should be rewarded," he said.

Frantz says, while his clients and their surviving loved ones are still healing from such a traumatic injury, for them it's not about the money but rather:

"Is that they find out what happened and why," he said.

News 8 called the bus company but their number has been disconnected.

Frantz says it could take at least a year to get this case resolved.

The attorney also tells News 8, he hopes a judge will decide to consolidate all of the lawsuits and hold one hearing here in San Diego.

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