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.