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Driver resigns after crashing bus into house


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CARMEL, Ind. — A school bus driver for Carmel Clay Schools has resigned following an accident wherein he crashed his bus into a house, the Indianapolis Star reports.  

Jack Thomas, a 12-year driver for the district, submitted his resignation earlier this week. Officials investigated the May 23 incident after it was captured by surveillance footage from a camera on the bus.
 
A police report indicated that the bus’ wheel left the road after Thomas made a turn. Thomas, who was not wearing his seat belt, bounced out of his seat, and was unable to maintain control of the bus. It careened off the other side of the road, went through a fence and some trees and into the garage of the house. He was injured and was transported to a hospital. There were no children on board.

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Same for kids on school buses not equipped with belts. This bus driver was fortunate not to be ejected from the bus and killed. Loss of school bus bus certification for a period of time would seem reasonable enough.

jkraemer    |    Jun 08, 2012 01:37 PM

I am sure it was a matter of resigning or being fired. It is the law to wear a seat belt. I am glad that no children were on the bus but I cannot believe he was not wearing a seatbelt for his own safety. I have had many of my drivers review the video of his ride..............unbelieveable!!!

Mary Shank    |    Jun 08, 2012 08:55 AM

Luckily no one was killed. If it was the air ride type seats that bounce then there explains one very good reason to stress again and again the point of reasoning to always wear the seat belt. The seat belt for a driver does no good at all if not worn. Some extreme cases I have seen drivers just too big to get a normal size seat belt to go around their waist. I recall a State DOR employee who taught CDL trainers to train drivers for their own school districts. When I was in his class he explained a case. A driver with bad health problems was in the hospital operating room. They died a couple times on the table and was brought back to life. Well - months later when they came back to work as a school bus driver they would climb the entrance door steps one at a time. They stopped at each step to rest and catch their breath. They would make it to the drivers seat finally. This also was Indiana. I would venture to say that specific driver is no longer driving a bus. That was back in the late 1990's. Now with bus video cameras documenting such accidents which the driver is clearly to blame it begs the questions - who trained this driver and do other drivers NOT buckle their seat belts as well. Then you enter into the White Multipurpose buses that school systems utilize. Most times than not the White bus is operated by a coach or teacher who is not required to have a commercial drivers license or any additional safety training that school bus drivers have. Every insurance company will tell you these are preventable accidents and when a bus driver or any driver for that matter fails to put on a seat belt they will not be in control of their vehicle when they fall out of the drivers seat. It is too late to do anything about what has already happened. What are you going to do now if you know for a fact you have drivers not wearing their seat belts or might even not be able to physically put a seat belt on? Having prior knowledge you have drivers with violations in following s

Dan Luttrell    |    Jun 07, 2012 08:25 PM

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