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July 17, 2014  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

Distracted bus driver cited in crash that injured 29 students


LEWIS COUNTY, Mo. — WGEM reports that a misdemeanor traffic citation was issued for John Logan, a Lewis County C-1 School District bus driver, who was involved in a crash that sent several children to the hospital, according to court records. Logan is charged with improper lane usage resulting in an accident on April 1.

According to the final report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reconstruction team, the news outlet reports, a student walked to the front of the bus and said she was going to vomit. As Logan bent over to slide a trash can to the student, the front right tire dropped off the roadway. He tried to correct the bus but over-steered, causing the bus to slide off the road, down an embankment and roll on its top. The student who was sick was ejected from the bus. Twenty-nine students were on the bus when the crash occurred and had injuries ranging from minor to severe.

The report, according to WGEM, says there was no indication Logan was speeding and rules pertaining to distracting the bus driver were posted appropriately. An inspection of the bus did not find any mechanical problems with the steering or brakes. However, the report concluded that Logan was at fault, the news outlet reports, stating that the driver is not absolved of the responsibility for staying focused on driving the bus, even if the child may have broken the rules and distracted the driver.

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Steve, I understand where you're coming from, but there is a reason why school buses are the safest mode of ground transportation. The entire industry holds ourselves to a much higher standard. This is a pretty standard training module for all companies to help drivers NOT lose focus. School bus drivers are not out on a pleasure drive.

Raymond Burt    |    Jul 30, 2014 10:55 AM

The driver is to be in control of the vehicle at all times. This driver was at fault. The driver should have stopped the vehicle at a safe location rather than reaching for anything that took his attention away from his primary responsibility to protect people's lives.

Roberta Young    |    Jul 23, 2014 03:27 AM

I do not always see why someone has to be at fault and charged for every accident. It is called an accident for a reason, mainly that something went wrong. It is human nature to try to help the kids when in need. Anyone can be faced with something distracting that makes them think for a few seconds how to react, and people are not perfect, although some expect us to be. nobody is faultless, all you can do is to do your best.

steve carlson    |    Jul 18, 2014 04:31 AM

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