Special Needs Transportation

8 Special-Needs Students Injured in School Bus Crash

Posted on February 10, 2017

LANCASTER, Calif. — Eight special-needs students were injured after a school bus and a car collided on Tuesday.

At about 7:15 a.m., an Antelope Valley Union High School District school bus was heading to school when, California Highway Patrol officials said, the bus apparently T-boned a car, KABC reports. The bus driver reportedly said that the driver of the car ran through a red light and caused the crash, but authorities had not confirmed that account to the media, according to the news source. Officials said that it looked as if the students were wearing seat belts.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said that the students sustained minor injuries, and five were taken to the hospital, according to NBC4. The school bus driver and two aides were not injured, KABC reports. The driver of the Cadillac sedan involved in the crash, who was the only occupant in that vehicle, was critically injured, officials told KABC.

KABC obtained a statement from the school district’s superintendent, Dr. David J. Vierra, which said that the district is providing counseling services, and “Our thoughts and prayers are with our students, staff and their families."

Related Topics: aide/monitor, California, school bus crash, seat belts

Comments ( 3 )
  • Anonymous

     | about 2 years ago

    Gerry, to answer your question about the aides wearing seat belts. They were not wearing seat belts and they did in fact sustain injuries that could have been avoided had they been. These seat belts in this case certainly saved lives.

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