Special Needs Transportation

Utah Special-Needs School Bus Overturns, No Students Injured

Posted on December 5, 2016

BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah — A special-needs school bus here overturned last week on the way to school, but no students were injured, police said.

On Tuesday, a minivan failed to yield to a school bus, and the impact caused the bus to flip onto its side, according to a news release from the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office. Four elementary school-aged special-needs students and an aide were also aboard the bus. Everyone aboard the bus was wearing a seat belt and no one was injured. The driver of the minivan was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Box Elder School District notified the students’ parents, sent another bus to the scene of the crash, and reunited the students with their parents, according to the news release.

Box Elder School District Superintendent Ron Tolman told FOX 13 that the students were wearing seat belts “so they weren't thrown around when the bus was tipped over.” Tolman also said that the district’s special-needs buses are equipped with seat belts but other buses are not, similar to most of the other school districts in the state, but that seeing pictures of the overturned bus and hearing about the lack of injuries “sure makes you consider [seat belts].”

Related Topics: school bus crash, seat belts, Utah

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