1 killed, 6 injured in school bus crash

A New Jersey motorist was killed when he struck a school bus, which drove off the road and overturned. Four students and the bus driver were injured, and the aide was hospitalized for serious injuries.

This peak-of-action photo from  high-speed side view video shows a Reach pediatric wheelchair protecting a 6-year-old crash-test dummy in a 30 mph frontal sled-impact test by a five-point wheelchair-integrated harness. Photo courtesy of UMTRI with permission from Leggero LLC

Getting up to Speed on Wheelchair Transport Safety

Key improvements include accommodations for transporting smaller children, more stringent crash testing of wheelchair tiedowns for wheelchair-anchored lap belts, a logo that identifies equipment that meets standards, and pass/fail ratings for proper seat belt use.


School bus aide, driver fired for abusing special-needs student

The aide allegedly threatened to kick the crying student off the bus if he didn’t quiet down and pinned him against the side of the bus for seven minutes, and the driver did not intervene. The two lost an appeal to keep their unemployment benefits.


School bus driver admits slapping special-needs student

School bus video footage shows the driver and a school aide holding down a 15-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, who was in a restraint at the time, and the driver slapping him. The driver has resigned. 


VIDEO: Former opera singer, now school bus driver

Earlier in life, Philip Bologna was an acclaimed singer who regaled opera crowds across the nation. Now, he transports special-needs students in Rochester, Minnesota, but he still sings to his passengers at times, as he demonstrates in this Post-Bulletin video.


Parent questions change in district’s special-needs busing policy

The mother of a boy with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is concerned over a change from him riding a special-needs bus to a regular bus. Seminole County (Fla.) Public Schools no longer has the resources to provide special-needs buses, but does have monitors on buses, officials say.

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