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October 04, 2013  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Teen drives school bus after fight, causing crash


DREXEL HILL, Pa. — NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that while a bus driver and an aide were breaking up a fight between two special-needs students and checking on one of the students, the other student involved in the fight ran to the front of the bus and began driving it.

Police told the news outlet that another bus driver noticed and drove in front of the bus to cut it off, causing both vehicles to collide.

None of the children aboard either bus was injured, police told the news outlet.

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While this story has a better ending than it might have been, it is still a shame to even read it. I'm glad for the outcome, but I question the procedures, policies and protocols in place for handling such events on the bus. It's really simple: DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SEAT WITHOUT YOUR KEYS!

Chuck Paquette    |    Oct 11, 2013 06:46 AM

How quick everyone was to jump on the driver who didn't break up the fight on his bus and the press tried to crucify him. Well, here you go, this is why the driver needs to remain in control of the vehicle.

Richard Skibitski    |    Oct 08, 2013 03:24 AM

I agree with Diana Hulsey's comment. The driver of the bus in which the students were fighting should have turned of the engine and removed the keys from the ignition before leaving the driver's seat. This has been a required part of the training in our state for many, many years. Some drivers leave the key on so that on-board video recorders will continue to operate, but this is a classic example of why the keys must be removed.

Norman Mars    |    Oct 07, 2013 03:50 PM

I commend the driver who pulled his bus into the other bus and stopped it. that was great thinking and may have saved much more severe consequences. My problem is why the driver did not take the keys when he left the driver's compartment area. That is drummed into our drivers and has been for 30 years just so a student couldn't jump up and take off. Not knowing the whole story, I cannot judge what happened, but it rings a big warning to me.

Diana Hulsey    |    Oct 07, 2013 11:49 AM

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