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15 students injured after firecracker goes off in bus
May 27, 2014
One student is seriously hurt and 14 suffer minor injuries on Tuesday after one or two children set off a firecracker on a bus that is taking students to a school in Brooklyn. Emergency crews responded to a report of a smoke condition on the bus just before 7:30 a.m.
Pepper spray on school bus disrupts trip to volcano
May 21, 2014
The bus was en route to Washington's Mount St. Helens. After a student discharged pepper spray, the bus driver began to have trouble breathing but was able to pull over safely "before she became overwhelmed," according to the Washington State Patrol.
Deputies to ride buses for increased passenger safety
May 21, 2014
The armed law enforcement officers will ride on Polk County Public Schools buses that transport students to two alternative high schools in Florida after two students were caught on video allegedly punching another student. The temporary measure will be in place until the end of the school year, with the hope for a new safety plan in place for the fall, officials say.
Georgia district sees 42% drop in stop-arm violations
May 19, 2014
In two years, illegal passing of Marietta City Schools buses decreased from 192 reported incidents in a day to 112. Since the district equipped 12 of its buses with stop-arm cameras last year, police have issued 830 citations.
Associations support bus safety campaign, legislation
May 14, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association joins the New York Association for Pupil Transportation in supporting Operation Safe Stop, which promotes school bus safety education and enforcement in New York state. The contractors association uses the occasion to support a New York senator’s bill that calls for increased illegal bus-passing penalties.
Sisters save students from burning bus
May 13, 2014
As Bettye Windom and Beth Insley were driving home on the evening of April 30, they spotted a school bus with smoke coming out of the front of it and were able to help about 20 Port Gibson (Miss.) High School students get out right before the bus caught fire.
California Highway Patrol awarded for school bus safety efforts
May 12, 2014
The law enforcement agency, which annually inspects more than 23,000 school buses in the state and plays a key role in certifying school bus drivers, wins the 2014 California State Child Safety Award. The honor is presented by the Child Safety Network.
Video shows woman boarding bus, threatening children
May 8, 2014
The woman, Kela leshia Hand, confronts a child she believed hit her stepdaughter and threatens the other children on the bus. She is later joined by her partner and four other adults, who walk into the bus against the driver’s objections.
Residents in Massachusetts town approve seat belts for buses
May 7, 2014
Residents in Marshfield pass an article that requires all school buses used by the local school district for regular routes, sporting events and field trips to be equipped with three-point seat belts, starting in 2016. Resident Stephen Lynch, who brought forth the article, says that students will not be required to wear the belts, but they would “have the choice to be protected.”
12-year-old arrested after shots fired at school bus
May 6, 2014
According to police in Baton Rouge, La., a student had an altercation with another student on the bus. When the suspect gets off of the bus, he runs into his home, grabs a handgun and fires three shots at the bus. No one is injured in the shooting.
School bus driver fired after crashing into ditch
May 5, 2014
Bus surveillance footage from the April 21 incident in Orting, Wash., clarifies some key details about the crash, which was initially reported in the media to have been caused by a bee distracting the bus driver. District officials say that based on their review of the material, the driver has been terminated.
New Jersey district boosts training with bus crash drill
May 1, 2014
Perth Amboy Public Schools' transportation department conducts the full-scale drill in partnership with the city's police and fire departments, as well as EMS personnel and students, to better prepare all involved in the event of a real emergency. Transportation Manager Edmund Treadaway discusses the event, which was nine months in the making.
School bus driver charged in fatal Idaho crash
April 30, 2014
Debra Boatwright is charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the Kuna, Idaho, crash that killed an 11-year-old school bus passenger in December. The Idaho State Police's investigation found that the bus driver failed to yield the right of way to a dump truck, which struck the rear passenger side of the bus.
Stop-arm camera program cites nearly 300 in 3 months
April 29, 2014
The enforcement program, which currently has cameras on 25 Montgomery County Public Schools buses, launched in January and is set to expand. Of the 272 citations that were issued to motorists illegally passing school buses during the first three months of operation, 128 have been paid.
NTSB issues preliminary report on motorcoach-FedEx truck crash
April 29, 2014
The FedEx truck, traveling southbound on Interstate 5, drove through the center median and entered the northbound traffic lanes of the interstate, where it collided with a passenger car, which rotated counterclockwise and departed the highway. The FedEx vehicle then hit the motorcoach, both vehicles departed the highway and a post-crash fire ensued.
Man arrested for boarding Missouri school bus
April 28, 2014
The man reportedly approaches two students who are on the bus, but they are able to disembark, and district staff personnel monitor the situation until law enforcement arrives. When asked why he had come to the school, the man says he’d come to take a child.
Compartmentalization plus
April 28, 2014

We need to be clear that the debate is not compartmentalization vs. lap-shoulder belts. These three-point restraint systems can work together with compartmentalization to enhance its effectiveness.

Bus driver honored for saving 2 kids from floodwaters
April 25, 2014
Ricardo Ramos, a driver and trainer for Student Transportation of America, is named the Southern California School Bus Driver of the Year by the California Highway Patrol for getting the siblings to safety after they were washed away in the storm water last summer. Ramos humbly accepts the award, saying, “I really didn’t expect any of this. I was just in the right place at the right moment.”
Students help younger passengers during bus fire
April 24, 2014
Four students who attend a middle school within Tulsa Public Schools assist younger students by getting them to the rear emergency exit and out of the bus and keeping them safely away from the bus after smoke began billowing from the engine. Monroe Demonstration School Principal Tom Padalino tells a news outlet that the older students created "a teachable moment, and that's what we're here to do."
Children of bus driver in California crash speak of mother’s heroism
April 22, 2014
Jordan and Jordayna Lealao-Taiao say that survivors of the tour bus-FedEx truck crash on April 10 tell them that they might not have survived if it wasn’t for their mother. Jordan adds that the investigation into the collision so far seems to indicate that his mother brought the impact of the crash onto her side of the bus.

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