A New Jersey motorist was killed when he struck a school bus, which drove off the road and overturned. Four students and the bus driver were injured, and the aide was hospitalized for serious injuries.
A police report states that bus driver Christine Beeler left the driver’s seat without engaging the parking brake, causing the bus to roll forward. The report also states that Beeler was “distracted,” but does not indicate what took her attention away from her duties.
Warsaw (Ind.) Community Schools’ bus shop caught on fire on the evening of Jan. 7. The fire destroyed three school buses, a service truck and several supplies.
Key improvements include accommodations for transporting smaller children, more stringent crash testing of wheelchair tiedowns for wheelchair-anchored lap belts, a logo that identifies equipment that meets standards, and pass/fail ratings for proper seat belt use.
The school bus driver made an evasive maneuver that “prevented a potentially catastrophic tragedy,” officials for the Texas district say.
Indianapolis Public Schools is using Here Comes the Bus, which lets parents track their child’s bus, on a few buses before rolling it out district-wide. A few other districts in the state piloted the app last year.
When an oncoming car suddenly veered into his lane, James Bratager, a driver for Olympia (Wash.) School District, was able to swerve the bus to avoid a head-on collision. He was presented with a certificate of recognition.
Representatives from the six states that have passed school bus seat belt legislation will share their experiences with NHTSA officials in a meeting next month.
Ellie Whitesell has recorded several videos of motorists illegally passing buses as students unload at her daughter’s stop, and has sent them to the local school district, law enforcement officials and lawmakers.
We fully support ensuring that school bus transportation remains the safest form of transportation, but we cannot support significant new mandates on the industry without data showing that improved safety could be realized.
The Tennessee bill, prompted by a fatal crash in Knoxville, would toughen penalties for school bus drivers who use an electronic device while driving or loading students.
At a school near Sacramento, California, nearly 500 students in yellow “I Love the Bus” T-shirts will hear from various dignitaries about the importance of the yellow bus.
Rueben Hash of North Carolina was accused in an incident in which a 6-year-old girl was dragged by her school bus for nearly 1 mile. He was charged with careless and reckless driving.
A headline-grabbing statement on seat belts, a man who overcame great odds by learning to walk again, and a creative school bus safety play were among the highlights of the industry conferences in November.
Jason Henry, a school bus driver in Arizona, had exited his bus to move a sign when he was hit by a car. A week later, he succumbed to his injuries.