The Tennessee driver gets all the students off the bus before the fire starts. An electrical problem with a cable near the battery is the cause of the fire, school administrators say.
Prosecutors plan to seek additional criminal charges against Johnthony Walker, the driver in the fatal November crash. However, he is eligible for alternative sentencing, his attorney says.
In a committee hearing, Rep. Steve Cohen questions why federal regulators have not initiated a rulemaking to require lap-shoulder belts on school buses in light of recent crashes.
The school bus industry needs more young people, not fewer, to carry on the work of safely transporting our nation’s future.
Under a bill signed by the governor, new school bus drivers in Tennessee will have to be at least 25 years old. The bill also mandates state standards for driver and manager training.
Rep. JoAnne Favors removes her proposed bill, which would require that school buses be equipped with a “restraint system,” from consideration for the rest of the year due to lack of committee support.
A bill that would raise the minimum age for new school bus drivers in the state passes unanimously in the House. Another bill that would require restraints on school buses passes a committee vote.
A Chattanooga lawmaker’s seat belt proposal passes a state Senate committee after shedding a clause that would have required retrofitting of existing school buses.
Johnthony Walker, the driver in the fatal November crash, is indicted on six counts of vehicular homicide. Other charges include reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and use of a portable electronic device by a school bus driver.
Thomas Mitchell, a mechanic and substitute bus driver in Tennessee, built a wheelchair ramp at the home of a special-needs student who rides one of the buses he drives.
Mid-South Bus Center in Tennessee and Warner Bus Industries in Saskatchewan are the latest dealers to become certified in the collaborative effort between the school bus manufacturer and its dealers.
Tennessee state troopers and local police will ride and follow Hamilton County school buses, including the route related to the Nov. 21 fatal crash.
The Dash Group, a consulting firm, gives a grant to a Tennessee school district to use The Judgment Index, a tool that is designed to assess the judgment skills of potential school bus drivers.