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School bus driver charged after detour into cornfield
October 8, 2015
The bus had pieces of corn stalks hanging from its undercarriage when police located it. The driver had children on board and was allegedly impaired.
Separating boys and girls on the school bus
October 7, 2015

In Atlanta, some older boys and girls have been separated on the school bus to improve behavior. District officials tell me that their drivers are given autonomy to decide how to seat their passengers.

Police: School bus shot at with BB gun
October 6, 2015
Witnesses tell Connecticut state troopers that a black pickup truck was seen in the area of the school bus at the time. No injuries are reported.
School bus driver who lost legs in crash dies
October 6, 2015
Cathryn Jostad, the North Dakota bus driver who had to have both legs amputated following a collision with four semis, died last Friday of injuries sustained in the crash.
A tragic reminder about texting and driving
October 5, 2015

A killer. That’s essentially what texting can become when it coincides with driving. That point was tragically reinforced by a fatal school bus crash in Knoxville, Tennessee, according to the police investigation.

How will anti-collision technology impact school buses?
October 5, 2015

I sat in the passenger seat of a large truck, eyes fixed on the stopped car ahead as we rumbled straight toward it. Next to me, the driver of the truck gave no indication that he was going to stop the vehicle.

10 Tips to Bolster Bus Checks for Sleepers
October 5, 2015

To make sure no child is left behind, school bus operations should have clear procedures for drivers to follow, enforce consequences, and provide frequent reminders and recognition.

Arrest made in hit-and-run with school bus
October 1, 2015
Police in Arizona posted information about the crash on social media and then received a tip that they said led to the identification and arrest of a suspect.
District clarifies: No lacrosse sticks on school buses
October 1, 2015
Teton County (Wyo.) School District officials addressed confusion among parents over what objects are allowed on school buses. Drivers interpret the rules in most cases, but lacrosse sticks are never allowed due to safety concerns.
School bus parking change draws criticism from drivers
September 30, 2015
Chesapeake (Va.) Public Schools used to allow bus drivers to keep their buses at their homes, but now requires them to park in district lots to save time and money. Some drivers say they are putting more miles on their buses and feel less safe.
School bus driver loses legs in crash
September 29, 2015
North Dakota bus driver Cathryn Jostad had both legs amputated in a life-saving operation following a crash with four semis in heavy fog. No one else aboard the bus was seriously injured.
Student struck, killed by school bus
September 29, 2015
The Kentucky school bus was pulling away from the bus stop when it hit and killed the 5-year-old boy. The bus driver has been employed by Butler County Schools for nearly 18 years and has an exemplary driving record with the district.
85% of Michigan school buses pass inspection
September 23, 2015
State police completed 15,987 safety inspections during the 2014-15 school year, as well as an additional 730 re-inspections of buses that failed the initial inspection, officials said.
School bus driver accused of continuing route after crash
September 23, 2015
The Indiana driver was suspended and is facing several charges for allegedly striking a guide wire to a utility pole, then continuing her route without reporting the collision. No one was hurt in the incident.
School bus driver cited, fired after crashing into pond
September 22, 2015
Officials say that the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools driver apparently hit the accelerator while hitting the brake before careening into a pond with 27 students on board.
2 mothers accused of attacking school bus driver
September 22, 2015
The women have been charged with assault and interfering with a school bus after allegedly punching a Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools bus driver in the face and upper body. They tried to talk to the driver about a complaint from their children and boarded the bus.
School bus driver is fired after video shows her running stop sign
September 21, 2015
The Ohio bus driver rolls through a stop sign and is recorded by a parent, who posts the video on Facebook. It gets more than 65,000 views, and the bus driver is let go soon afterward.
School bus crashes into pond
September 18, 2015
It is not yet clear what caused a Florida school bus carrying 27 students to run off the road and into the water. A 10-year-old student was able to bring three of his fellow students to safety, and no one was seriously injured.
School bus seats slashed at North Carolina district
September 17, 2015
Nearly 400 seats were cut on 17 school buses, causing about $50,000 of damage. Seats on only one of the buses could be temporarily repaired for the morning route, and the other 16 buses were replaced by spares.
School bus duo wins state award for protecting girl
September 16, 2015
Driver Gwendolyn Brinson and attendant Kathy Ritter, who helped thwart a man accused of lewd behavior, are honored by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
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