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Girl dragged by school bus, injured
January 23, 2015
The student in upstate New York got hung up on the bus door by her book bag, police say, and she was believed to have been dragged nearly half a mile.
Florida county to pilot new student tracking system
January 21, 2015
The School District of Osceola County plans to test a program that will track students with an ID card or bracelet to ensure they safely board and deboard their school buses.
Bus driver honored for response to accident
January 20, 2015
Ronda Shultz quickly drove students away from a car-pedestrian accident at a bus stop on her route, got them counseling, and offered help to the parents of the girl hit by the car. She was named “Bus Driver of the Month” by the Danville (Pa.) Area School District’s superintendent.
Investigation continues into fatal school bus-train collision
January 15, 2015
There is no conclusion yet on whether the bus driver in the Larimore, North Dakota, crash suffered a medical event, officials say. The parents of two of the children aboard the bus say the driver “slumped over” in his chair. Meanwhile, the community makes efforts to support the families of those impacted by the crash.
School bus driver charged in crash didn’t disclose medical info
January 15, 2015
Gerald Rupple was driving a bus last year for the Orange (Calif.) Unified School District when he passed out and crashed, injuring 11 students. He is accused of failing to disclose his medical problems when he was hired, and he faces several charges.
Bus driver’s book teaches safety to young riders
January 14, 2015
Lorraine Fletcher has been driving a school bus for seven years, and she drew on her experience as she penned Go Where the Bus Goes.
School bus with boy behind wheel hits building
January 14, 2015
Tiffanie Brown of Merrimack, New Hampshire, allegedly directed her 5-year-old son through checks of the reverse and brake lights, and he shifted the bus into reverse, causing it to drive backwards and into a building. She is charged with child endangerment and reckless conduct.
Man dies after school bus rolls on top of him
January 12, 2015
The Hazlet, Saskatchewan, man was repairing the bus. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are conducting a mechanical inspection of the bus.
Kindergartner left alone on bus found wandering street
January 9, 2015
A 6-year-old girl in Jerome, Idaho, who fell asleep and was left alone on her school bus for about two hours, left the bus and walked for about half a mile before a firefighter found her. The girl did not appear to be injured.
Former NTSB member named administrator of NHTSA
January 8, 2015
Mark Rosekind, a fatigue expert who just ended a term with the National Transportation Safety Board, is expected to bolster defect investigations at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Stop-arm cameras still OK under law change in Ohio
January 8, 2015
A new law that takes effect in March will effectively end the use of cameras for traffic enforcement at red lights, but an exemption allows the continued use of school bus stop-arm cameras.
9-year-old struck by car passing school bus
January 7, 2015
The boy was dragged 80 feet and knocked unconscious when he was hit by a car while crossing the street on Tuesday in Lakewood, New Jersey.
School bus driver dies after bus crashes into tree
January 7, 2015
Edwin Rivera Dejesus, a driver for Monroe School Transportation in Rochester, New York, may have had a massive heart attack when the minibus he was driving sideswiped another school bus, police say. Eight students and one bus monitor were injured.
Teen who ran stop arm, fatally struck student, charged with homicide
January 6, 2015
Michael Shelly, the 18-year-old man accused of fatally striking a 16-year-old girl in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, last month as she walked to her stopped school bus, was arraigned on several charges, including homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangering.
School bus driver, student killed in bus-train collision
January 6, 2015
A bus driver in Larimore, North Dakota, was returning students home on Monday after school when he struck a train. He failed to yield to a stop sign, officials say. A 17-year-old girl was also killed and 12 students were injured.
Police officers train for school bus emergencies
December 31, 2014
About a dozen Roanoke, Virginia, police officers participate in tactical training on the city’s school buses to familiarize them with the vehicles in the event of a crisis such as a crash, fire or hostage situation.
Editors’ Picks: Videos of the Year
December 31, 2014
School Bus Fleet’s favorite videos of 2014 were creative approaches to delivering school bus safety messages to students.
NHTSA: Traffic fatalities dropped 3.1% in 2013
December 31, 2014
Newly released federal data also show a nearly 25% decline in overall highway deaths since 2004.
Parents rally to support suspended bus driver
December 22, 2014
Parents urged Hoosick Falls (N.Y.) School District school board members to reinstate Leo Surdam after he was suspended for allegedly grabbing two sixth-grade students by the shirt or jacket when he told them to stop bullying a fourth-grade student.
Student fatally struck while trying to board bus
December 17, 2014
A 16-year-old girl in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, was crossing an intersection in an attempt to board her school bus when she was struck by a car that allegedly ran the bus’ stop arm, police say. She was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.
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