In Mississippi, a 12-year-old boy who was struck by a truck as he was crossing the road to board a school bus was airlifted to the hospital. He is responsive and has a broken leg, sources say.
Steve Wyatt will serve pupil transportation and other industries in southern and central Mississippi for Hydrotex, which provides lubrication and fuel-improver solutions.
Summit Holdings completes the acquisition of Truck Center Inc., a commercial truck and IC Bus dealership with locations in Tupelo and Pontotoc, Mississippi. With the addition of Truck Center, Summit now operates 31 locations in eight states.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality gives each district a $15,000 grant toward the purchase of a new bus to replace an older bus. Since 2009, through grants and the Mississippi School Bus Retrofit Project, the organization has retrofitted 1,931 school buses and provided partial funding for 10 new buses to reduce emissions.
As Bettye Windom and Beth Insley were driving home on the evening of April 30, they spotted a school bus with smoke coming out of the front of it and were able to help about 20 Port Gibson (Miss.) High School students get out right before the bus caught fire.
Legislators may consider the issue next year, and some are already expressing opinions on both sides. One representative acknowledges that state money for seat belts is limited, but he asks his colleagues, “What is the value of a child’s life?” Others point to potential difficulties bus drivers could have in making sure all students are buckled up.
Audrae Barnes, who oversees yellow bus service for Hattiesburg (Miss.) Public School District, experienced complications from surgery to remove the tumor and was on medical leave for several months, during which time a tornado greatly impacted his operation. Barnes is now back at work and is focused on getting his department fully staffed.
The tornado that struck Forrest and Lamar counties on Sunday affected nearly all of Hattiesburg Public School District’s buses, so schools were closed for several days. With buses on loan from neighboring operations, the district is able to resume transporting students on Thursday.