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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.
8 students treated after bus pepper spray incident
January 17, 2012
The students require medical attention after the substance is accidentally discharged on the bus. A police department spokesman says that to avoid such incidents, students who carry pepper spray should be informed on how to properly use it.
Bus camera captures student sex assault
January 17, 2012
The incident is discovered after a parent requests that the Houston district's transportation department review conditions on the bus. The footage shows two 10-year-old boys assaulting an 8-year-old boy.
Bus partially submerged on flooded road
January 12, 2012
The bus, which is carrying more than 50 elementary school students, is swept into a ditch and water enters the back of the bus after the driver tries to navigate the road. The sheriff's department evacuates the students using trucks.
Stop-arm running on the rise, police in Wis. say
January 11, 2012
In Sturgeon Bay, officers have been dispatched to an increased number of illegal school bus passing incidents in the past few weeks. The police department takes the opportunity to urge motorists to do their part in keeping bus riders safe.
7 students receive home detention for bus beating
January 10, 2012
Five girls and two boys are released to their parents and placed on home detention by a judge after they allegedly beat a 13-year-old girl on a school bus. They have been charged with felony battery and disorderly conduct.
School bus fire deemed accidental
January 5, 2012
The Pocomoke (Md.) Fire Company responds to the scene and finds the burning bus close to a shed. The fire is quickly extinguished and contained.
School bus driver saves lost infant’s life
January 5, 2012
As Ricardo Martinez was covering a trip for the Anaheim (Calif.) City School District in October, he noticed a car swerving around something in the middle of the road. He drove a bit closer only to find it was a 15-month-old baby boy. Martinez talks about the incident with SBF.
District issues tips for winter transportation safety
January 4, 2012
School district officials in Vernon, N.J., give guidance to the community to ensure that students stay safe while traveling to and from school in winter conditions. In addition to bus safety procedures for snowy weather, the guidance includes encouraging student drivers to take the bus home on days when there is an early dismissal.
Students to undergo weigh-ins, measuring for bus securement rule
December 28, 2011
Under a provincial regulation in Nova Scotia, children who are under age 9 and are smaller than 4 feet 9 inches and 40 pounds must be secured in a child restraint system on their school bus. Schools in Halifax will begin weighing and measuring elementary school students next month.
IMMI crash test facility honored for safety systems
December 28, 2011
The Center for Advanced Product Evaluation is named the 2011 Crash Test Facility of the Year by Automotive Testing Technology International magazine. Officials say the center was selected for its development of safety systems for commercial vehicles, its investment in supporting testing equipment and its role in helping IMMI bring its RollTek rollover accident injury mitigation system to fire apparatus OEMs.
Petition seeks funding for bus driver distraction study
December 20, 2011
The petition urges the Obama Administration to fund the proposed Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Center for Truck and Bus Safety study. Data collected from school bus drivers would be analyzed to determine distraction sources and their association with crashes, near-crashes and crash-relevant conflicts.
N.D. troopers partner with schools to promote bus safety
December 19, 2011
The North Dakota Highway Patrol's "Trooper on a Bus" program is designed to enhance the enforcement of traffic laws and increase public awareness of the dangers of illegal bus passing. Starting Wednesday, troopers will ride along on school buses to observe motorists' activities, radioing in any information about drivers who fail to stop for buses when children are boarding and disembarking.
Bus driver honored for actions during chain-reaction crash
December 19, 2011
Ricky Graves maneuvers his bus to the right, avoiding a pickup truck coming toward him, and is able to bring his bus to a safe stop. While cars crash all around the bus, Graves keeps the students on board calm.
Ohio bus driver honored for actions during crash
December 15, 2011
On Oct. 5, Paint Valley Local Schools driver Mark Anderson turned his bus into a soybean field after a car collided head-on with the bus. The district's superintendent says this helped to prevent the bus from rolling over.
Families to mark 50th anniversary of deadly bus-train crash
December 13, 2011
On Dec. 14, 1961, Duane Harms drove his school bus into the path of a passenger train, which he reportedly didn't see coming. Twenty children were killed in the crash near Greeley, Colo.
System notifies parent when child enters or exits bus
December 13, 2011
ZPass+ from Zonar Systems provides the instant notifications via text message or e-mail, and parents can also access specific student rider information through a password-protected website. Officials say the new technology is especially useful for children walking to and from a bus stop, and for special-needs children.
VIDEO: Student intervenes as bus driver dozes on freeway
December 13, 2011
Emmanuel Williams leaves his seat on the bus and positions himself behind the driver to talk to him and keep him awake. Williams became concerned after the driver dozed off and missed an exit on the freeway.

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