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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.
Collins Bus Corp. awarded for workplace safety
December 14, 2010
The Type A bus manufacturer earns certification in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. It is one of only 157 companies that have achieved the distinction in Kansas.
Abducted student found, police still seeking kidnapper
December 14, 2010
A 9-year-old Texas student who was abducted last week while walking to a school bus stop was later found and transported to a hospital for evaluation. In the wake of a police investigation to find her kidnapper, school district officials urge students to walk in groups or with parents to and from bus stops.
System bolsters student safety in and outside school buses
December 14, 2010
Among the components of BusGuard by ONGO Live Inc. is VidCops, which enables the company to send traffic tickets to motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. The company’s CEO and COO discuss this and the system’s other features with SBF.
Man sentenced for hitting teen with bus
December 13, 2010
A judge sentences school bus driver Timothy Whalen to six years with the Montana Department of Corrections with 18 months suspended for striking 15-year-old Eleanore Dykes at a crosswalk while driving under the influence of alcohol. Dykes suffered a broken leg in the 2009 incident.
Bus aide who kissed student did not commit crime, police say
December 9, 2010
Police conclude an investigation of alleged inappropriate behavior by aide Bobby Shrout, who was accused of kissing a student on the cheek. After conducting interviews and reviewing bus surveillance footage, authorities determine that Shrout did not commit a criminal offense.
Driver, aide use training to calm autistic student
December 3, 2010
The student became agitated due to the high volume of traffic on the freeway, broke a window in his school van and attempted to lean out and touch other vehicles. The driver and aide created a game for the student, urging him to count traffic lights until they were able to exit the freeway; they then pointed out familiar landmarks to help him keep track of his location on the drive to school.
Towns observe anniversaries of school bus tragedies
November 30, 2010
In Washington state in 1945, 15 children and their driver died when their bus plunged into a frigid lake. In British Columbia in 1960, a bus was struck by a freight train, killing 17 people on board.
Students, driver injured in tornado-related bus accident
November 30, 2010
Winds resulting from a tornado that hit an Illinois community on Monday flips a district's school bus; the driver and five students suffer various injuries. A district spokesperson says letters containing details of the incident were delivered to parents at the hospitals where their children were taken.
Change to bus inspection program draws mixed response
November 29, 2010
The Michigan State Police will soon perform intermittent inspections of some school districts' buses, rather than annual inspections of all districts’ buses. Some feel this will enable inspectors to focus on districts that have a history of violations, while others believe this will reduce children's safety as they travel to and from school.
Man arrested for entering high school with loaded gun
November 23, 2010
Dominique Williams, a former student, arrived at the Indiana school last Friday on one of the district’s buses. An investigation is underway on why Williams went to the school with a gun.
Student frees bus driver from seat belt following accident
November 23, 2010
After his school bus flips over on a muddy road, Alex Waddick follows driver Phil Piggott's instructions and cuts him from his seat belt with a knife. Piggot, Waddick and the other students on board then exit the bus through its emergency roof hatch.
Truck-bus near-collisions prompt installation of cameras
November 23, 2010
The mountainous roads and foggy conditions in a Pennsylvania village have created a dangerous situation between truck drivers and school bus operators. Cameras have been installed on a district's bus; if they capture more incidents where trucks nearly collide with the bus, the program will be expanded.
Student saved from serious injury in illegal bus passing incident
November 22, 2010
Dustin Wulf honks his bus’ horn after he sees that a car is going to pass the stopped bus and is approaching too fast. The horn alerts 7-year-old Stalena Whitehead, who is able to step back before being grazed by the car as it slides around a corner.
Man pleads not guilty to charges stemming from bus crash
November 18, 2010
Joseph Anthony Garcia faces eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon for ramming the bus head-on in an apparent suicide attempt last month. The judge presiding over the case appoints a public defender to represent Garcia and sets a felony settlement conference for Nov. 30.

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