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Bus crashes into motel swimming pool
January 22, 2013
Officials for a Texas school district say that the bus was on its way to a school when it swerved off an access road, hit a utility pole and landed on top of one end of the pool. No children were on the bus, and the driver only sustained cuts and bruises.
NTSB: Transportation fatalities dropped 2% in 2011
January 17, 2013
Preliminary data indicate that overall transportation fatalities in the U.S. decreased from 35,043 in 2010 to 34,434 in 2011. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman says that “we can do better” in reducing transportation accidents, which remain one of the nation’s leading causes of death.
Cop rear-ends school bus at railroad crossing
January 10, 2013
The Superior, Wis., officer will be cited for inattentive driving in the incident, according to the police chief. No children were on the bus at the time.
Father of teen killed by stop-arm running speaks out
January 10, 2013
Nearly four years ago, 16-year-old Nicholas Adkins was fatally struck by a vehicle that failed to stop for his school bus. North Carolina then passed legislation that stiffened penalties for such a violation and allowed stop-arm cameras on school buses. With the anniversary of Nicholas’ death approaching, his father talks with a news outlet and gives a stark reminder of the dangers of stop-arm running.
The case for crossing arms
January 10, 2013

Many actions have resulted in reducing the overall average danger zone fatalities from 29 to 12, but by far the greatest reduction is in front of the bus — a 73% reduction compared to 47% in the other positions. Jeff Cassell, president of the School Bus Safety Co., says he believes the answer is crossing arms.

Iowa study probes stop-arm safety measures
January 4, 2013
The report, required by last year's "Kadyn's Law," analyzes ways to potentially reduce illegal passing of school buses, including stop-arm cameras. Researchers find that home-side loading should be encouraged as a best practice but not required.
Man tries to drive off in loaded school bus
January 3, 2013
Police in Palestine, Texas, say the 30-year-old man may have been involved in an altercation before he boarded a school bus and attempted to drive away. After struggling with the man, the bus driver and two bystanders were able to pull him from the bus and hold him on the ground until police arrived.
After Sandy Hook tragedy, school transporters stay vigilant
December 20, 2012
The deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut last Friday brought school security back into the public eye. Here, school transportation officials from around the country talk about what their districts have done in response to the tragedy.
Mom charged in alleged assault on school bus driver
December 19, 2012
According to police in Virginia, the mother of a student allegedly accused the bus driver of threatening to kill her son, although the driver reported that she had told the boy to sit down for safety reasons. After her arm got caught in the closing bus door, the mother allegedly hit the driver in the face.
Teen, stepfather charged in attack at school bus stop
December 19, 2012
Jontae Dellano is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and his stepfather, Jamal Shields, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and contributing to the delinquency of a child for the pre-planned assault against Raheem Davis. Police say Shields drove Dellano to the bus stop and watched as he attacked Davis with a sock filled with padlocks on Dec. 13.
Dump truck falls on school bus
December 18, 2012
In last Friday’s accident in Englishtown, N.J., the truck apparently loses control and strikes an SUV before rolling over and landing on the small bus. The local fire company reports that there are no injuries.
Bullets found on school buses in Ohio, Florida
December 17, 2012
In Friday’s incident in Ohio, a student turns in what appears to be a .22 caliber bullet that was on the bus’ floor, and an investigation continues as to how the bullet got on the bus. In Monday’s incident in Florida, a 9 millimeter bullet is found on a bus, and a student comes forward and says it had fallen out of his pocket on the bus.
Border Patrol to step up bus inspections after pot found
December 13, 2012
A school bus driver and athletic coach discover 500 pounds of marijuana on a bus in Marfa, Texas. Officials for the U.S. Border Patrol Big Bend sector say they will now have canine units check three sides of school buses instead of just the downwind side when they’re stopped at checkpoints.
Police: Bus driver killed in crash wasn't belted
December 12, 2012
Louisiana State Police say it is suspected that a medical condition is the primary cause of the crash, in which the driver loses control of the bus and strikes several trees and a fence before traveling down an embankment. The driver "was not wearing her seat belt and was pronounced dead," police say.
District refines bus safety policy after student goes missing
December 10, 2012
In last Monday’s incident, the 6-year-old boy disembarks his bus at the wrong stop, but he’s found following a large-scale search. As part of the Calcasieu Parish (La.) Public School Board's new policy, children will have tags on their backpacks to ensure that they’re bus riders.
Mothers to be charged for boarding school buses
December 10, 2012
Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools police say the women will be charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct for two separate incidents last week. In the first incident, a woman approaches a student on the bus with a baseball bat, and in the second incident, another woman allegedly starts cursing and screaming at the driver when she’s told to get off the bus.
First Observer security program on hiatus
December 10, 2012
HMS Co., which has administered First Observer since 2008, stops receiving funding, but the Transportation Security Administration has reportedly said that the program will be active again in the near future. Meantime, classroom training and other program functions have been placed on hold.
School bus driver spots stun gun
December 7, 2012
The driver notices the weapon in her rearview mirror and returns to a school, where police search the students. After a tip from another student, officers reportedly find the stun gun in the backpack of a 15-year-old, who now could be expelled.
Boy thrown over car after being struck by bus passer
December 6, 2012
Police say the boy escaped serious injury in Wednesday’s accident, with a captain from the Graham (N.C.) Police Department saying that the child “didn’t seem hurt at all.” Motorist Crystal Lashawn Clay is charged with passing a stopped school bus and careless and reckless driving.
Woman must wear 'fool' sign for incident on bus
December 5, 2012
Natasha Latrice Freeman boarded the bus in April and repeatedly struck her 11-year-old cousin and pulled the girl’s hair after a disagreement arose between the girl and Freeman’s son, according to the prosecutor in the case. She must wear for a week a sign that says, “I made a fool out of myself on a Bibb County Public Schools bus,” help wash a bus, serve five years on probation and pay $500 in attorney fees.

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