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Boy in fatal accident may have re-entered path of bus
March 26, 2015
Witnesses said Jonathan A. Chatham re-entered the path of the bus as it began moving forward, according to a school district statement. A relative of the boy has disputed this account.
Boy fatally struck by school bus
March 24, 2015
A 10-year-old Kentucky student cleared the bus after being dropped off at his stop but somehow went into the ditch line, officials said.
Students, bus driver injured in fatal crash
March 5, 2015
A truck apparently collided head-on with a car, then careened head-on into an Orondo (Wash.) School District bus, injuring some students, the bus driver and the two truck occupants. The driver of the car was killed.
Family of girl fatally struck after exiting bus seeks $30M
February 18, 2015
The parents of Makayla Marie Strahle, an 11-year-old girl who was killed by a truck passing her school bus in Wyoming in 2011, file a wrongful death lawsuit against the school district.
NTSB: Transportation fatalities dropped 3% in 2013
February 17, 2015
Fatalities in all modes of transportation totaled 34,678 in 2013, down from 35,796 in 2012, according to preliminary figures from the National Transportation Safety Board.
Newly found footage of historic school bus accident to air
February 10, 2015
Home movie footage of a school bus being pulled out of a Kentucky river following what has been called the worst school bus accident in U.S. history will be shown as part of a film that is a follow-up to the 2009 documentary The Very Worst Thing.
School bus driver killed, 13 students injured in Alberta crash
February 3, 2015
The bus, with 14 students on board, collided with a semi-truck on Monday. “The unthinkable happened this morning,” the school district superintendent says.
TAPT: Bus stop bill could reduce safety, raise costs
January 15, 2015
The Texas Association for Pupil Transportation says a bill that would require home-side school bus stops would increase operating costs an estimated 30%, which could force districts to reduce bus service.
Bill would require home-side school bus stops
January 13, 2015
Buses would have to load students on the side of the road that they live on — a requirement that research has shown would be costly — under a bill proposed in Texas.
Man dies after school bus rolls on top of him
January 12, 2015
The Hazlet, Saskatchewan, man was repairing the bus. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are conducting a mechanical inspection of the bus.
Teen who ran stop arm, fatally struck student, charged with homicide
January 6, 2015
Michael Shelly, the 18-year-old man accused of fatally striking a 16-year-old girl in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, last month as she walked to her stopped school bus, was arraigned on several charges, including homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangering.
School bus driver, student killed in bus-train collision
January 6, 2015
A bus driver in Larimore, North Dakota, was returning students home on Monday after school when he struck a train. He failed to yield to a stop sign, officials say. A 17-year-old girl was also killed and 12 students were injured.
NHTSA: Traffic fatalities dropped 3.1% in 2013
December 31, 2014
Newly released federal data also show a nearly 25% decline in overall highway deaths since 2004.
#Brake4Buses safety campaign reaches national audience
October 30, 2014
A media campaign that started in North Carolina is helping to raise awareness of the dangers of stop-arm running.
10 killed in school bus danger zone last school year
October 29, 2014
The latest national survey of school bus loading and unloading fatalities finds that in the 2013-14 school year, six children were killed by passing vehicles, and four were fatally struck by their own bus.
Toddler fatally struck by school bus
October 14, 2014
After dropping off students, a school bus in Danville, Virginia, struck a 20-month-old boy who had made his way in front of the bus while it was stopped.
National stop-arm survey counts 76K violations
August 12, 2014
More than 97,000 school bus drivers participated in this year’s nationwide survey of illegal bus passing, which is spearheaded by NASDPTS. Association officials say that the one-day total of 75,966 stop-arm violations points to more than 13 million violations in a 180-day school year.
Trucker gets prison term for crash that killed bus driver
July 7, 2014
In the July 2012 incident in New York, authorities said that Raymond Ragen crashed his cement truck into an overpass and then collided head-on with a small school bus. The bus driver was killed, and an attendant and four children were injured.
The trouble with cutting bus service
May 26, 2014

Increased traffic around schools is one of the key problems. In situations like this, long lines of vehicles often build up in the morning and afternoon.

Congressman pushes school bus safety 'overhaul' bill
May 14, 2014
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) introduces legislation in the House of Representatives that would set minimum penalties nationwide for stop-arm running. The bill would also mandate that all states require background checks for school bus drivers, and it would create a school bus seat belt demonstration program, among other measures.
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