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Bus driver charged following alleged road rage

Linda Barreto was pulled over while transporting students after 911 callers reported a bus cutting them off in a reckless manner and also hitting the brakes. She was arrested and charged with child abuse and possession of dangerous drugs.

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New Mexico district's buses to avoid certain bridges

Gallup-McKinley County Schools' buses won't cross metal bridges that are rated for less than 15 tons until the state certifies them safe for the weight of the buses. Meantime, parents will be reimbursed for mileage to take their students to bus stops on the other side of the bridges.

A bus driver for Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools passed away after suffering a medical emergency on Wednesday. The incident followed the death of a bus driver in Vallecitos, N.M., on Monday.
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2 bus drivers die in Iowa, New Mexico incidents

An Iowa school bus driver passes away after suffering a medical emergency during his route, but officials say that he pulled the bus over safely and no students were injured. The incident follows the death of another driver in New Mexico, where a bus went off of a road and down an embankment.

Albuquerque Public Schools’ bus passengers are receiving training from their drivers on how to stop the vehicle if the driver becomes incapacitated.
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Bus driver's medical episode prompts safety training

Albuquerque (N.M.) Public Schools’ student transportation services division is instructing its bus passengers on how to stop a bus if the driver is unable to. The training is implemented after Rhonda Carlsen boards her daughters’ bus to stop it because the driver is incapacitated. She discusses the incident with SBF, and Roger Garcia, co-interim director for the transportation division, discusses the components of the training.

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Police find explosives at N.M. school bus stop

An abandoned backpack is filled with Molotov cocktails at the stop, which is located less than half a mile from a middle school. Investigators are looking at security tapes from cameras on school buses to see if they can spot any students with the backpack.

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New Mexico receives funding to help maintain bus routes

McKinley and San Juan counties will share $561,000, which was released by the U.S. Department of Transportation and made available through the Indian School Bus Route program. The money will be used to improve roads within or that lead to reservations and serve as school bus routes.

Gilbert Perea, the state pupil transportation director for New Mexico, will retire later this month with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. It began when he was a basketball coach, which required him to be licensed as a school bus activity driver.
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Another longtime state director to retire

Gilbert Perea, the state pupil transportation director for New Mexico, will retire later this month with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. It began when he was a basketball coach, which required him to be licensed as a school bus activity driver.

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