Top 5 Most-Viewed News Stories of 2016

By Thomas McMahon and Nicole Schlosser
Posted on December 16, 2016
A story about a school bus crash at the Denver airport was the most-viewed news item on the SBF website this year.
A story about a school bus crash at the Denver airport was the most-viewed news item on the SBF website this year.

News that drew the most traffic on the School Bus Fleet website in 2016 covered fatal crashes, a driver protest, and a bus facility fire.

Here are the five most-viewed news items of the year, with links to the full stories.

1. School Bus Driver Killed, 15 Students Injured in Crash at Denver Airport
In September, Colorado school bus driver Kari Chopper was preparing to leave the Denver International Airport when she apparently made a wrong turn, crashed into a pillar, and was killed. Fifteen students and three coaches were injured in the crash. Read the full story here.

2. Report: Bus Driver Didn’t Engage Brake in Crash That Killed Principal
A police report stated that Indiana school bus driver Christine Beeler left the driver’s seat without engaging the parking brake, causing the bus to roll forward in the January incident. The report also said that Beeler was distracted. Read the full story here.

3. School Bus Drivers Walk Off Job to Protest Wages, Working Conditions
The 22 contracted drivers, who covered routes for Minneapolis Public Schools, did not show up for work for two days in January, citing low pay, lack of hours, and cold buses. Some were back at work the next week. Read the full story here.

4. Fire Damages Dozens of New School Buses
A fire at Puyallup (Wash.) School District’s bus facility in August damaged more than 28 new school buses. Nearly 70 employees were evacuated, and no one was injured. Read the full story here.

5. Driver, Aide Accused of Leaving Student on Bus Twice
Police in Polk County, Florida, said that the two admitted to having a student deactivate the child reminder device on their bus before they arrived at school. Read the full story here.

Related Topics: bus fires, fatalities, post-trip child check, school bus crash, Year in Review

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
After starting as a school bus driver, Shannon Evans went back to school to earn a degree in business administration. She’s now director of the largest public school bus operation in the U.S.

10 Fascinating People in Pupil Transportation

Who served as a mechanic for Marine One, the presidential helicopter? Which Texas transportation director was born in Iran? And who used to draw blood for a living? Learn about these and other intriguing school bus industry people in the return of this popular series.


Rhode Island School Bus Driver Strike Ends

First Student and the drivers’ union agree on a contract that includes enhanced healthcare and retirement benefits as well as increased wages, ending an 11-day strike.

Toby McGraw is taking on the newly created role of senior vice president of sales at HopSkipDrive.

HopSkipDrive Names New Executive

Toby McGraw takes on the newly created role of senior vice president of sales. He will lead public and private partnership sales and account management.


VIDEO: Creating Customized Financial Solutions for Your Fleet

Rill’s Bus Service in Westminster, Maryland, has been in the school bus business for 50 years. Learn how they utilize flexible financing options through Daimler Truck Financial to keep their business thriving. For more information, visit

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!