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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.
School bus crossing light approved in Colorado
December 16, 2014
Colorado becomes the seventh state to allow Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street.
School bus slides, strikes pregnant woman
December 16, 2014
A Buffalo, New York, woman was struck by the bus and pinned between her car and the bus. The driver was maneuvering between two cars parked on opposite sides of a narrow, slippery street.
Tree falls on bus in storm, no one hurt
December 15, 2014
Ray Johnson, a bus driver for Longview (Wash.) School District #122, was driving on a rural road with four students on board when strong winds knocked a tree on top of the bus. He was able to call for help in time and students were safely transferred to another bus.
Kansas School Bus Safety Unit veteran to retire
December 11, 2014
Debbie Romine, who has been a fixture in pupil transportation safety training and other programs in Kansas for 26 years, will retire on Dec. 19.
School bus driver dies in collision with garbage truck
December 11, 2014
Union County (N.C.) Public Schools driver Timothy Jerome McManus was on his way to pick up students when the driver of the dump truck crossed the center line while going around a curve and hit the bus head-on.
90 bus batteries stolen from Georgia school district
December 11, 2014
In some cases, a dozen batteries were taken at a time from DeKalb County School District in the ongoing thefts. Police have a picture of the suspect’s vehicle driving out of one of the bus yard lots moments after batteries were stolen.
Driver refuses drug test after minor accident, loses job
December 9, 2014
Stewart County Schools in Dover, Tennessee, terminated Bruce Siders’ employment after he said he refused the screening, required by school board policy following any bus accident. No one was injured and there was no indication Siders was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, officials say.
Blue Bird offers electronic stability control system
December 8, 2014
The Bendix Electronic Stability Program is now available as an option on Blue Bird’s All American and Vision buses.
Driver rescues nearly 40 children from burning bus
December 8, 2014
Kristina Behrman of Davenport, Florida, called 911 when she saw smoke coming from the back of the bus as she was driving students to school. She got the students to evacuate the bus just before it burst into flames.
School bus crossing light approved in Nevada
December 5, 2014
Nevada becomes the sixth state to allow Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street.
Program promotes student pedestrian safety
December 4, 2014
The YOLO (“you only live once”) Walk Safe campaign alerts high school students of the dangers of “distracted walking” caused by texting and other activities.
Crash between 2 school buses kills bus aide, 2 students
December 4, 2014
The Knoxville (Tenn.) School District buses were traveling in opposite directions when one made a sharp left turn, crossed over a median, and struck the side of the other bus, which flipped onto its side. Two children and the aide were pronounced dead at the scene.
Task force backs stop-arm cameras on North Carolina buses
December 3, 2014
The state attorney general wants to equip all public school buses in North Carolina with cameras to catch stop-arm violators, and his goal is gaining support.
TSA re-launches First Observer security training
December 2, 2014
The training initiative to enhance security across highway surface transportation modes, including school buses, has been “re-tooled” and is back online.
NHTSA investigates Graco’s handling of child seat recall
December 2, 2014
The agency aims to determine whether Graco failed to report a safety defect in a timely manner. The manufacturer eventually recalled more than 6 million defective car seats.
Bright ideas to make sure drivers buckle up
November 25, 2014

It’s up to each school bus driver to wear his or her seat belt at all times while operating the bus, but we know from seeing occasional reports that there are some drivers who aren’t always buckling up. With that in mind, transportation supervisors have to reinforce the importance of driver seat belt compliance, and they have to monitor that compliance.

1 injured as school bus slides off road, rolls twice
November 24, 2014
Oregon police say that the driver lost control of the small bus, and it went off an embankment. The bus was carrying six ski team members, one of whom was injured.
School bus crossing light approved in 5th state
November 21, 2014
Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street, gets the OK for use on school buses in North Carolina.
Carrollton crash survivor is now a school bus driver
November 20, 2014
As an eighth grader, Quinton Higgins escaped from the fiery Carrollton, Kentucky, bus crash that killed 27 people. More than 20 years later, he took a surprising career turn: He became a school bus driver.
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