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Bus in fatal N.J. crash ‘inched past’ stop sign, NTSB says
February 28, 2012
The agency’s ongoing investigation into the Feb. 16 accident involving a school bus and a dump truck reveals that the bus reportedly went past the stop sign because of bad sight lines. Investigators have found that at some locations at the intersection where the crash occurred, the line of sight was obstructed due to “environmental features,” and NTSB’s chief investigator says that possible improvements are being studied.
REI, Velvac offer integrated surveillance system
February 24, 2012
The solution combines REI’s BUS-WATCH mobile video surveillance system and Velvac’s camera-based Vision systems. Officials say it is designed to improve driver and passenger safety by enabling users to record more viewing angles around a vehicle.
Bus strikes 3 teens in crosswalk
February 23, 2012
The driver is placed on paid leave after his bus hits the middle school students just after classes let out on Tuesday. Police say he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Keeping eyes on safety
February 23, 2012

How can an ad, which is designed to catch people’s attention, not distract from the safety equipment on a school bus?

Forum to focus on attentive driving
February 21, 2012
The National Transportation Safety Board’s one-day event will "identify how distractions affect behavior behind the wheel and focus on measures that promote attentive driving," Chairman Deborah Hersman says.
1 dead, 17 injured in N.J. school bus crash
February 17, 2012
Authorities are investigating Thursday’s accident, wherein a dump truck struck the driver’s side rear of the bus at an intersection, and the impact of the crash caused the bus to strike a pole. In addition to the fatality, two of the injured children are in critical condition.
TBI information to be added to Pa. bus driver’s manual
February 16, 2012
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is in the process of including language in the agency’s school bus driver’s manual on the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries and concussions, and the procedures drivers should follow if a student sustains such an injury. Jan McKnight of PennDOT discusses with SBF what led to this change in the manual and when the new version is expected to be available.
Okla. district to celebrate Love the Bus with hockey
February 14, 2012
Christy Clemons, assistant director of transportation for Norman Public Schools, partners with the Oklahoma City Barons hockey team and the Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation to put on "Love the Bus Hockey Night" to honor bus drivers and monitors. Clemons tells SBF she hopes the event will inspire other districts in the state to celebrate Love the Bus month.
Collins makes XChange seats standard
February 6, 2012
SafeGuard’s XChange seating products, which can be switched from standard to lap-shoulder belts or integrated child seats, will soon be standard on all Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil buses.
NTSB issues report on fatal Mo. bus crash
February 3, 2012
The agency finds problems with the brakes of the school buses involved in the accident. Among its recommendations to the state of Missouri is to require that students traveling to an activity or field trip in a school or school-chartered bus be instructed in safe riding practices. NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart also addresses the agency’s call for a nationwide ban on driver use of electronics following the accident, saying it “may be scoped too narrowly.”
Motorist in fatal bus-passing incident sentenced to 15 years
February 2, 2012
Aaron Gunderson pleads guilty to vehicular homicide by reckless driving in the death of 7-year-old Kadyn Halverson. Halverson was killed last year when Gunderson failed to stop for a school bus that had engaged its flashing lights and stop sign.
Ohio bill would require schools to address bus bullying
February 2, 2012
The Jessica Logan Act, which will now go before Gov. John Kasich for approval, would mandate that schools provide education to students on bullying and develop policies to address the issue both online and on the school bus.
Yellow buses: a worldwide beacon
February 2, 2012

That Chinese officials are looking to the American school bus system for guidance is a vital step, particularly in light of a recent tragedy in China’s rural Gansu province.

Safety audit launched after girl dragged by bus
January 31, 2012
An 8-year-old girl in New York is pulled about 900 feet when her backpack gets caught in a closing school bus door, according to police. The driver is put on administrative leave, and the district begins an investigation of the incident and an audit of its transportation safety procedures.
Teen safely stops bus after driver suffers heart attack
January 30, 2012
Seventeen-year-old Graceann Rumer takes the wheel and makes a U-turn to slow the bus down and avoid oncoming traffic after driver Charles Duncan collapses. Because Duncan is obstructing the brake pedal, Rumer puts the bus into park to stop it.
Bus driver dies following accident in parking lot
January 24, 2012
Andrea Chapman, who worked for a Pennsylvania bus company, is walking across the company’s lot when she is struck by another driver in his personal vehicle. She later passes away due to head injuries.
Bus driver resigns after student struck by car
January 23, 2012
Stephen Wilson is cited with reckless conduct after he reportedly fails to engage his bus' warning lights and stop sign as a student exits the bus and begins to cross the road. The student is struck by the side mirror of a passing car but does not suffer any major injuries.
Water main break causes sinkhole that traps bus
January 23, 2012
City crew workers in Bloomington, Ill., patch the water main following last week’s incident wherein the school bus fell into a 4-foot-deep hole after the pavement caved. The driver and passengers on the bus were not injured.
Survey: 66% support cameras to capture illegal bus passing
January 23, 2012
The study, which was conducted for Affiliated Computer Services Inc., also shows that 77 percent of the 2,112 adults surveyed agree that school bus drivers are too busy focusing on student safety to record information of vehicles that illegally pass their stopped buses.
Driver trapped under bus for 50 minutes
January 19, 2012
While Meridith Cole is inspecting a possible broken tire chain, her bus slides, trapping her face down in the snow underneath the door. A tow truck assists in raising the bus off of Cole, and she is transported to a hospital, and then a medical center, where she was in fair condition on Wednesday.

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