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Collins employee earns national safety award
January 28, 2011
Since Mike Strickland joined the Type A bus manufacturer, its recordable injury rate and DART rate have dropped by 47 percent and 73 percent, respectively. KellerOnline and OH&S Magazine name Strickland the 2010 Safety Professional of the Year.
Student arrested for school bus bomb threat
January 26, 2011
The eighth-grader tells the other students on his school bus that he has a bomb, and firefighters and police are called in and evacuate the students. Authorities confirm that the threat was false, and the student is taken into custody.
School bus driver detains burglary suspect
January 26, 2011
The driver catches a man breaking into his bus on Tuesday and calls the local sheriff’s office. Deputies who respond to the call discover that the man fits the description of the suspect from another burglary earlier in the day.
Transportation manager pens book about Crown vehicles
January 25, 2011
Louk Markham of Portage (Mich.) Public Schools spent the last 15 to 20 years researching and writing Crown Coach Corp.: School Buses, Fire Trucks and Custom Coaches, which chronicles the history of the company through text, and vintage photographs and memorabilia.
Teen arrested for fatally stabbing fellow student at bus stop
January 25, 2011
Fourteen-year-old Jorge Saavedra faces a charge of manslaughter for the incident on Monday. Deputies say he stabbed 16-year-old Dylan Nuno as the two exited their school bus; Nuno was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Free danger zone program still available
January 20, 2011
To help bring down the number of accidents with children around school buses, four organizations teamed up last year to provide the safety training program at no charge to school districts nationwide. The offer still stands.
Position paper takes issue with school bus ads
January 20, 2011
The Florida Association for Pupil Transportation expresses its opposition to advertising on the exterior of school buses. Potential safety, content and legal issues are cited as key concerns.
Kentucky district to spend $1.5M on new bus radios
January 20, 2011
Jefferson County Public Schools opts to replace its outdated school bus radios with ones that will meet new FCC guidelines. The new radio system will reduce the number of buses on each channel from 300 to 100.
Parents form school bus company
January 20, 2011
When the Utah district where his daughter attends elementary school stopped providing bus service to her school, Ty Haguewood formed Smithfield Bus LLC with another parent. Eighty-two students ride the bus; the students’ parents pay a $206 yearly fee per child for them to ride it to and from school.
Danger zone fatalities drop
January 18, 2011
Thirteen children were killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the 2009-10 school year. The total is down nearly 25 percent from the previous year.
Boy falls out of moving school bus
January 18, 2011
A preliminary investigation finds that the bus driver opens the bus doors for better visibility while stopped at railroad tracks and then makes a left turn onto a road, apparently forgetting to close the bus doors. The child falls onto the road during the turn, and the driver doesn't realize what happened until other students notify him.
Focus on Safety — In and Out of the Bus
January 18, 2011

At the NASDPTS conference, state directors discuss enhancing school bus security and reducing pedestrian fatalities, among other topics.

Driver arrested for bringing gun on school bus
January 13, 2011
Police arrest the school bus driver after students on the bus alert school officials to the situation. The driver, who worked on an as-needed basis, had not received a background check; he now faces firearms charges.
Mentally ill man deliberately causes school bus crash
January 13, 2011
A 21-year-old man puts his car into reverse and crashes into a school bus transporting a dozen elementary school students. The students and driver are uninjured; the man is transported to a local hospital.
Texas student killed by truck while exiting school bus
January 11, 2011
The 7-year-old boy is struck by a pickup as he crosses the street to his house after disembarking his bus. Salvador Hernandez, who allegedly failed to heed the bus' flashing lights and stop sign, is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Georgia school bus driver prevents vehicle break-ins
January 11, 2011
Jennifer Vest overhears two people discussing plans to break into cars during a middle school basketball game and immediately reports it to campus safety officials. The Richmond County Board of Education honors Vest for her actions.
Driver sentenced for DUI in special-needs bus crash
December 30, 2010
A bus driver who injected heroin while operating a special-needs bus for a Pennsylvania school district in 2009 and subsequently crashed will serve up to 23 months in jail.
School buses destroyed in Christmas fire
December 28, 2010
Several Goffstown Truck Center buses are charred and gutted and others are melted by the flames. The company, which provides contracted school bus service for a New Hampshire district, is working with the district to provide temporary transportation for students after winter break.
New York to switch to electronic fingerprinting for bus drivers
December 28, 2010
The new system, which will be put into place starting in February, will reduce the time it takes to run a background check on newly hired school bus drivers from three months to a few days. Electronic fingerprinting will also improve the accuracy of background checks.
Bus driver honored for conduct during tornado
December 16, 2010
Virginia Rezazedah, who works for a school district in Illinois, is named employee of the month after keeping the students on her bus calm in the aftermath of a serious accident. A tornado blew the bus off the road last month, flipping it and injuring several students.

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