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March 07, 2014  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

How kids react to a school bus crash

by Thomas McMahon - Also by this author

After a car crashed into his bus, John Horton noted some interesting reactions from his young passengers.Photo by Franktown Fire Protection District

After a car crashed into his bus, John Horton noted some interesting reactions from his young passengers.
Photo by Franktown Fire Protection District

John Horton was transporting 21 elementary students on his school bus one recent morning when a car ran a red light and plowed into the left front wheel of the bus.

Horton said that the car — driven by a woman with her 3-year-old granddaughter on board — was traveling at least 55 mph, and there were no skid marks. The car was totaled.

Fortunately, no one was badly hurt in the crash, which happened near Parker, Colo., on Feb. 20. One adult and two children were transported from the scene with minor injuries, according to the Franktown Fire Protection District.

After the accident, Horton noted some interesting reactions from his young passengers.

For example, when Horton was going through the bus to record where each student was sitting, a second-grader asked, “Were we in a crash?”

“Yes,” Horton responded.

“Why was there no explosion?”

Horton mused later that apparently in the boy’s imagination — perhaps informed by TV, movies and videos games — all collisions include an explosion.

The next morning, as Horton and his passengers were approaching the intersection where the accident occurred, some of the kids were apprehensive.

Then, as the bus cleared the intersection and proceeded as usual along the route, a young boy exclaimed, “We made it!”

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Interesting perspective on a crash, you almost never hear the kid's thoughts.Kudos to the driver for recognizing it and listening while doing his post incident paperwork which in itself should be recognized.

William H. Dowd    |    Mar 10, 2014 01:59 PM

Its truly amazing how well the bus protects the students in a crash. Last week a neighboring school had a bus go into a ditch on the right @ 55. It slid a few hundred feet, hit a driveway culvert , went airborne and landed in the snow. All kids were checked and released, because the bus absorbed a ton of force to protect them.

Steve C    |    Mar 11, 2014 02:44 AM

As a safety supervisor of a school bus co. I have been to a lot of school bus accidents were there where students on them. And most of the time none of the students were able to walk away. I think the way that buses are made today . They as school bus makers put the safety of the kids first. And thank God for that !

Ronald S    |    Mar 13, 2014 03:02 AM

I made a type O in my comment. What i meant to say was in all of the accidents that I have went to all of the students were able to walk a from them .

Ronald S    |    Mar 13, 2014 03:11 AM

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