Special Needs Transportation

Special-needs student falls from moving bus, dies

Posted on December 30, 2010

TIMONIUM, Md. — Six-year-old Jeremy Jennings Jr. was declared legally dead earlier this month from traumatic brain injuries he sustained when he fell from his moving school bus. (After two days of no brain activity, family members decided to take him off of life support.)

Jennings suffered from emotional problems and attended a special-education school. On the day of the incident, the bus was traveling from the school when Jennings got out of his seat and began an altercation with another student, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Lt. Rob McCullough, spokesman for Baltimore County police, told the newspaper that one of the two aides on the bus broke up the altercation, and Jennings tried unsuccessfully to leave from the bus' front door. He then ran to the back of the bus, opened the rear door and fell onto the road.

Family members reportedly want an explanation as to why Jennings wasn’t in the harness that his state-mandated education plan required him to have. 

The school bus driver and two aides who were on the bus at the time of the incident worked for M R Hopkins Transportation Services Inc. They have since been dismissed. A spokeswoman for Baltimore City Schools told The Baltimore Sun that the bus driver's license was disqualified, and the two aides had their certifications suspended pending an investigation.

Related Topics: child safety restraint systems, fatalities

Comments ( 4 )
  • ayee

     | about 7 years ago

    oh my goodness this is a heart breaker

  • See all comments
More Stories
News

Titan Bus Names First 2 Dealers

The Type A school bus newcomer launches its dealer network with Bobby’s Truck and Bus Repair in Ohio and Signature Bus Sales in New England.

Titan Bus will soon start production of its own take on Type A school buses. In the background is the new company's facility in Ottawa, Ohio.
News

Titan to Bring New Type A to School Bus Market

Brian Barrington, an industry veteran and VP of the new venture, says that the Titan Bus line will boast a wider body and entry door, along with standard equipment like LED lighting, tinted glass, and a multiplex system.

Product

Portable Child Restraint

HSM Transportation Solutions’ C.E. White Portable Child Restraint for school buses, a five-point restraint system, is designed to accommodate children weighing 20 to 90 pounds and up to 57 inches in height.

CUSD 300's Susan Rohlwing (left), director of education services, and Donna Bordsen, director of transportation, work closely to enhance special-needs transportation.
Article

Special-Needs Partnership Boosts Driver Training

At CUSD 300 in Illinois, the transportation and special-education departments have joined forces to develop new training tools for drivers and aides and to provide a consistent experience for students.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!