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Bus slides off road, 21 children evacuated
April 24, 2012
A front wheel on the bus gets caught in soft mud, pulling the bus to the side. The left wheels remain over the road, while the right ones hover over an embankment. The children on board move to the uphill seats to help steady the bus until a sheriff's deputy arrives.
Drugs, alcohol not a factor in fatal N.J. bus crash
April 23, 2012
Authorities say that lab analysis of blood samples from dump truck driver Michael Caporale and bus driver John Tieman show no traces of alcohol or illegal drugs. In other news, the parents of the 11-year-old girl who was killed in the accident are suing the bus and trucking companies involved.
Collision strips rear tire off of bus
April 19, 2012
A vehicle crosses the center line of the road, striking the side of the bus. The crash shears two lug nuts off the bus' front left tire and completely removes the outer rear tire. No children are on the bus at the time of the accident.
Suspect arrested in attack on school bus
April 19, 2012
A high school student on Monday attempted to force his way onto the bus to get to the driver. Investigators believe the student and the three other people involved in the attack were acting on false allegations that the driver had assaulted some students.
Two boys accused of savagely beating bus driver
April 17, 2012
The students, ages 7 and 8, refuse to comply with a bus aide's instructions to calm down. The driver stops the bus to assist the aide, and one of the boys allegedly knocks her to the ground, grabs her hair and slams her head against the floor. The other boy then joins in the beating.
Duck alive after crashing through bus windshield
April 17, 2012
The bird is taken away by a North Carolina Wildlife Resources officer after it smashes through the reinforced glass and hits the bus driver in the chest. The driver suffers some scratches.
Teen throws candy from bus, hits woman
April 17, 2012
Morgan Andrew Linder is arrested after police identify him in bus security footage throwing jawbreaker candy from a bus window. The candy hits a woman in a pickup truck in the head, causing a contusion.
Ontario consortium launches bus stop safety program
April 16, 2012
The Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium implements the “Be Seen, Be Safe” initiative after reading in SBF about its implementation at a school district in Texas. As General Manager Judi Green tells SBF, children in junior kindergarten through third grade wear flashing amber lights to improve their visibility when getting to bus stops in times of limited daylight and extreme weather.
Attorney general challenges bus kidnapper’s parole
April 12, 2012
The California Attorney General's Office files an appeal in the February ruling by the First District Court of Appeal to grant parole to 1976 Chowchilla school bus kidnapper Richard Schoenfeld. The appeal claims that the ruling misinterpreted the law governing Schoenfeld’s release.
Student stops bus after driver loses consciousness
April 11, 2012
Thirteen-year-old Jeremy Wuitschick notices the driver shaking before he slumps behind the wheel. Wuitschick grabs the wheel and pulls over before starting to perform chest compressions on the driver.
New AngelTrax system captures stop-arm violations
April 10, 2012
IntelliGuard automatically captures and wirelessly transfers high-quality video of an offending vehicle’s license plate — as well as its make, model and color — without intervention from the school bus driver.
States launch 2nd national stop-arm running count
April 10, 2012
The inaugural survey found that more than 76,000 vehicles illegally passed school buses in a one-day snapshot. This year, NASDPTS aims to get more states involved in the count and to keep raising awareness about the pervasive problem.
Emergency preparedness: How’s your department’s ‘C3’?
April 10, 2012

Developing an emergency preparedness plan based on command, control and communication can help to reduce injuries and potentially save lives. Building relationships with first responders can ensure your operation’s viability in the emergency response cycle by bringing awareness of what it has to offer during crises.

Bus driver aids in teen’s safe return to her family
April 4, 2012
Bobbie Blevins becomes suspicious when she sees the student get into the back seat of a car that she doesn’t recognize. Blevins returns to her district’s bus garage and police are notified — police later arrest the three men who were in the car.
Student faces charges in flare gun bus fire
April 3, 2012
The 12-year-old boy faces arson and other charges after a flare gun inside a bag in his possession discharged, according to authorities. The driver quickly evacuated the students from the bus before it caught fire.
Bus crashes: Tough lessons learned
April 3, 2012

Why do we cover tragic accidents? Mainly because we want to share with our readers any information that could help in improving school bus safety.

VIDEO: School bus crashes into diner during Ind. tornado
April 2, 2012
Onboard footage shows the vehicle being lifted into the air before it was flung into a diner during a tornado in Henryville last month. In the video, driver Angel Perry can be heard providing instructions to students on board and safely evacuating them before the tornado hits the bus.
Blue Bird honors 35-year school bus driver
March 29, 2012
Earl Rineer, 89, receives a plaque at the manufacturer's headquarters for his dedication to public service and transporting students. Rineer works as a bus driver and trainer for Sague Bus Service in Pennsylvania, and he says he’ll continue working as long as he passes the medical requirements.
Bus driver reacts quickly to drunken driver
March 29, 2012
Kimberly Lincoln closes the door of her bus to keep students inside as a driver passes the bus on the right shoulder. The driver, Michael R. Malone, is found later passed out in his vehicle and is arrested for his 11th drunken driving offense.
NAPT News & Views — NAPT acts against violence on school buses
March 29, 2012

The association is planning to offer several workshops on violence prevention at the NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn., later this year. Officials are reaching out to law enforcement and other agencies, legal experts and professional educators to put together an agenda packed with experts on this and other important topics.

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