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Police investigating 2 fatalities involving school buses


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A 6-year-old boy died at a hospital in Lafayette, La., on Monday morning from head injuries he sustained when he was dragged about 20 feet along a road by his school bus.

Bus driver Harold Thibeaux was transporting students to an elementary/middle school when he made a scheduled stop. Thibeaux picked up several children and was closing the bus’ door when Lederion Miller attempted to get on board, The Daily Advertiser reports.

"He was somehow caught on the outside of the door or the arm of the bus," Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Craig Stansbury said in a statement. "The bus driver did not notice this and began driving forward, dragging the child approximately 20 feet until he fell to the roadway."

Thibeaux was interviewed at the sheriff's office and registered a 0.00 on a Breathalyzer test. No charges or citations were filed as of late Monday afternoon, but the accident and its exact circumstances remain under investigation.

Thibeaux was placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to The Daily Advertiser.

On Monday afternoon, an 8-year-old boy was killed when a school bus ran over him at Cartersville (Ga.) City Schools’ bus garage.  

Police investigating the accident told CBS Atlanta that Garrett Black’s aunt, a bus driver, let him off the bus at the transportation facility because that’s where his mother worked (he was dropped off there every day). Black was hit by another bus shortly after disembarking.

Capt. J.F. Cline with the Cartersville Police Department told the news source that as Black exited the bus and went around the front, a passing bus struck him. Black’s aunt witnessed the accident.

No charges are expected to be filed, and no citations have been issued.


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Michael, my stats came from the Kansas State Board of Education- Loading and Unlaoding Survey that states are supposed to report all school bus fatalities to, "supposed to" They left off three children due to the states not reporting them. Your findings fall way short. Go back and try it again. Between the years of 2005-2010 there were 76 such deaths. They include those children at the bus stop, crossing the road to get to the bus stop and getting killed by a negligent driver and children killed by the bus driver. All you have to do is get on line and google. U will find WAY more than 8 for that year. Establishing safe bus stops on the side of the road the child lives on and picking up a child infront of their home will NOT cost anymore than the unsafe stops they have now. That is a PROVEN FACT. Lexi was handicapped and the bus driver was on injectable insulin which is illegal to hold a CDL. Have you lost a child to this? NO i didn't think so, Negligent Homicide and Manslaughter are the charges given for this, both are a "lesser" degree of murder, Not too versed in law huh? So what is preventable mean to you? Drunk driving was onced viewd the same way you view this.

Tracey Worrell    |    Aug 29, 2011 05:16 PM

Ms. Worrell's number may be conservative, for both inside or outside the bus. Industry numbers are watered down to look much better than reality. One criteria is the bus must be at the bus stop to include the death. Another school bus running over the child at the child's stop may not count, as well as the child's own bus at the bus stop but the child struck was not at the bus stop itself is often not counted. All sorts of numbers present from 5 per year to over 1,000 death’s per year. Even 1,000 deaths would be low compared to some modes of transportation. Life altering injuries on the school buses and at bus stops are not tracked and add to the carnage, these also represent the largest settlements. No public data maintained or presented in the press about these tragedies, other than alluded to by non-industry studies. The fact remains that in most years more children are run over by their own school bus than by all other motorists combined. To cross young children without an escort is child neglect at the very least, child abuse when an injury is involved, in my opinion. No excuse presented can change that reality.

jkraemer    |    Mar 24, 2011 07:52 AM

Lots of long posts here. Two words in every training regimen can reduce these tragedies; SITUATIONAL AWARENESS.

Jack    |    Mar 21, 2011 05:15 AM

Ms. Worrell, the average is not 30 a year. The most recent statistics I can find were 2009, and there were 8. Your ideas are good, but will have costs that may force kids off of buses. Hopefully that doesn't happen and your ideas for eliminating cross overs and adding monitors can be implemented successfully. However your attitude toward bus drivers is awful, and I cannot imagine that you call them murderers. What they did was an accident. Preventable, yes, but an accident that they too must live with. And where do you get off saying we consider it a form of population control??? Don't expect to get anyone to work with you if you continue to act so hateful.

Michael    |    Mar 20, 2011 02:37 PM

How about we STOP treating these deaths as if they are insignificant and hold the bus drivers feet to The fire and start indicting them as they should be. Some of you act as if this is a form of population control!!! I intend on drafting legislation to prevent children from crossing in front of a 14 ton bus to start with! Then next have a bus monitor-11th or 12th graders whom could recieve high school credits in Safety coupled with a CPR course and the abilty to keep the distractions down while the bus driver concentrates on driving and not negligently killing our children. Couple that with stricter laws against negligent behavior behind that wheel and we might be able to save some childrens lives. 6 children this year have died all over this country. The average is 30 a year. UNACCEPTABLE!!! Get on the ball and join me. Tracey Worrell mother of Lexi Worrell-murdered by a negligent school bus driver in memory of Lexi Worrell Florala Alabama

Tracey Worrell    |    Mar 16, 2011 07:16 PM

12 years ago I met with each president of the type C and type D school bus manufacturing companies and presented each of them with a video of the changes needed in mirror mounting and adjustment to improve on the ability of the bus driver to prevent various types of accidents. The ultimate responsibility for this death will weigh heavily upon the driver. Maybe we all should be doing more.

D.(wight)S.B.S.I. LTD.    |    Mar 16, 2011 05:02 PM

Drivers of these buses , dont just assume the kids are safely on and off and across the street, MAKE SURE THEY ARE. A FEW CAREFULLY USED MINUTES CAN SAVE LIVES. TAKE TIME AND CHOOSE LIFE OVER DEATH, BECAUSE YOU DONT JUST KILL A CHILD, YOU CRUSH THE HEARTS OF THIER LOVED ONES.WAKE UP IF YOU CANT PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT IS GOING ON ."DONT DRIVE".THESE DEATHS WERE PREVENTABLE AND I cant help but wonder as well , where was the parents, or other person to supervise this child as he got on the bus. Also why didnt the bus driver hear the child caught on the bus door, I would like to think he was screaming for his life.IS LIFE NOT MORE VALUABLE THAN TIME,OR ANY OTHER THING YOU MAY RUSH TO DO? TAKE TIME BECAUSE WITHOUT THE GIVING OF YOUR TIME AND LOVE FOR OTHERS WE HAVE NO LIFE. A LIVE WORTH LIVING IS WORTH LIVING WELL. TAKE TIME TO LIVE ,LOVE AND LAUGH AND CARE WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT, FOR SUCH THINGS AS THESE MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVING.I WILL PRAY FOR THESE FAMILIES OF THE CHILDREN AND WELL AS THE DRIVERS AND THIER FAMILIES.MAY WE ALL INCLUDING ME TAKE TIME TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN.

Rebecca    |    Mar 16, 2011 08:52 AM

Our bus drivers are trained to count the students. Know how many are at the stop and how many boarded. Our transportation dept. refuses to use businesses as bus stops exactly because of the difficulty of controlling traffic in a parking lot or even in a bus yard.

Kay    |    Mar 16, 2011 07:57 AM

I see both these deaths as preventable, not the blame the bus driver preventable but by following adult supervised safe escort procedures outside the bus. The first demands a parent or parent designee to firmly hold the child by the hand and to walk away when the bus door closes. I've had parents attempt to push their child toward the bus, but the crying child's training on the bus refused to go near the moving bus. The second is so obvious I can not understand the neglect toward not requiring the bus driver or other adults to cross children. Excuses are made and that has yet to stop the killing, more kids run over by school buses this year than by all other motorists combined. Sad.

jkraemer    |    Mar 15, 2011 07:06 PM

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