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New Jersey association responds to case involving girl’s fall from bus
February 19, 2013
In January, Onyx Williams fell or jumped from the back of her school bus, and an investigation found that her route had only one aide on the bus instead of two, as agreed in the contract between the school district and its former contractor. Now, the New Jersey School Bus Contractors Association reports that the company is continuing to bid on routes, which the association says calls for “stricter measures and a renewed effort to make sure we are keeping our children safe.”
Roundabout planned for intersection in fatal New Jersey bus crash
February 19, 2013
Burlington County officials say the roundabout, which has been in the works since 2004, is devised to improve traffic flow, and it is not a direct response to last year’s crash in Chesterfield involving a school bus and a dump truck. That accident resulted in the death of one student and injuries to 17 others. A county spokeswoman tells The Times of Trenton that the county implemented several safety measures at the intersection on its own volition following the crash.
School bus driver killed, student taken hostage
January 30, 2013
An Alabama man identified by neighbors as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly boarded a school bus on Tuesday and demanded two children. When school bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. refused, he was fatally shot. The suspect then took a 5-year-old kindergartner and retreated to a bunker on his property, where they remained as of Thursday.
Toddler struck, killed by school bus in Texas
January 23, 2013
The 15-month-old girl gets out of the front yard of her home and runs in front of the bus. The driver reportedly does not see the girl, and the bus knocks her down — then she is run over by the back wheels of the bus.
Full danger zone report now available
January 23, 2013
As previously reported, the Kansas State Department of Education's latest national survey found that nine children were killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the U.S. in the 2011-12 school year. A PDF of the full report can now be downloaded from the department’s website.
NTSB: Transportation fatalities dropped 2% in 2011
January 17, 2013
Preliminary data indicate that overall transportation fatalities in the U.S. decreased from 35,043 in 2010 to 34,434 in 2011. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman says that “we can do better” in reducing transportation accidents, which remain one of the nation’s leading causes of death.
Documents show bus girl jumped from had wrong number of aides
January 10, 2013
Onyx Williams suffered serious head trauma after she jumped from the back of her moving special-needs bus, and she later died. A copy of the contract between her school district and the bus company that was providing its special-needs transportation indicated that two aides were to be assigned to Williams’ route, but only one was on board at the time of the incident.
Father of teen killed by stop-arm running speaks out
January 10, 2013
Nearly four years ago, 16-year-old Nicholas Adkins was fatally struck by a vehicle that failed to stop for his school bus. North Carolina then passed legislation that stiffened penalties for such a violation and allowed stop-arm cameras on school buses. With the anniversary of Nicholas’ death approaching, his father talks with a news outlet and gives a stark reminder of the dangers of stop-arm running.
The case for crossing arms
January 10, 2013

Many actions have resulted in reducing the overall average danger zone fatalities from 29 to 12, but by far the greatest reduction is in front of the bus — a 73% reduction compared to 47% in the other positions. Jeff Cassell, president of the School Bus Safety Co., says he believes the answer is crossing arms.

Mechanic injured while working on school bus, later dies
December 17, 2012
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office reports that John Friedas Joaquin Jr. was on an interstate repairing the disabled bus when a vehicle lost control and struck the rear of the bus, pinning Joaquin in the engine compartment. He is transported to a hospital where he undergoes surgery, but he ultimately passes away due to extensive blood loss from his injuries.
Police: Bus driver killed in crash wasn't belted
December 12, 2012
Louisiana State Police say it is suspected that a medical condition is the primary cause of the crash, in which the driver loses control of the bus and strikes several trees and a fence before traveling down an embankment. The driver "was not wearing her seat belt and was pronounced dead," police say.
6 of 9 danger zone deaths were by other vehicle
December 5, 2012
The total of nine school bus loading/unloading fatalities in the 2010-11 school year was an increase of one from the previous year, according to the Kansas State Department of Education's forthcoming national report. Another noteworthy finding of the 2011-12 report is that all of the children killed were at least 10 years old.
Teen charged in school bus shooting
November 27, 2012
According to a Miami Herald report, the 15-year-old accused in last week’s fatal shooting had sneaked the gun to school before and shown it to classmates. He is charged with manslaughter and carrying a concealed weapon, although prosecutors have not yet decided whether to charge him as an adult.
13-year-old girl dies after school bus shooting
November 20, 2012
According to Miami-Dade police, the girl is shot in a private school bus on Tuesday morning and later succumbs to her injuries in the hospital. Responding officers apprehend the alleged shooter and recover the firearm. The other children on the bus, including the victim’s 7-year-old sibling, are not injured.
Woman sentenced for fatal bus-passing accident
November 15, 2012
Shirley McManners is sentenced to one year in prison and 14 years of probation for the December accident in which she struck and killed 17-year-old Brandy Hart after she exited her school bus. McManners pled guilty last month to a charge of vehicular homicide and apologized to Hart’s family.
Texting cited in teen’s fatal crash into bus
November 1, 2012
Deianerah "D.J." Logan, 17, was killed when she rear-ended a school bus in September. An investigation finds that the teen was texting at the time. Her family says in a statement that “we would much rather be grounding her for this mistake than never hearing her laughter fill the house again.”
2 killed in Ky. school bus accident
October 31, 2012
An initial investigation by the Kentucky State Police into Monday’s crash shows that the bus left the roadway for reasons that are unknown, partially overturned onto its side and then hit a tree. Officials say that the bus was equipped with seat belts, and it appears that they were in use by all occupants at the time of the crash.
Speakers draw safety lessons from school bus tragedies
October 25, 2012
Keynote speakers at the NAPT Summit share some powerful safety messages — powerful in particular because they are based on fatal school bus accidents. The family of Hunter Pitt, who was killed when his bus ran over him, watches a video they worked on with Missouri organizations.
SBSC launches effort to reduce child fatalities
October 17, 2012
School Bus Safety Co.’s nationwide initiative is aimed at reducing the number of fatalities in bus-related incidents from an average of 12 per year to zero by focusing resources on four areas: bus drivers, school buses, other motorists and children. As part of the effort, the company releases three new educational programs for kids of all ages.
2 buses collide, 1 driver killed
October 2, 2012
San Antonio school bus driver Dolores Martinez is pronounced dead at the scene on Monday after she suddenly loses control of her bus and it hits another bus, then crashes into a fence. Officials are currently investigating the cause of the accident.

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