Video Shows School Bus Driver Traversing Flood Waters

Posted on May 31, 2019

MONMOUTH, Ill. — Video taken by a bystander on Wednesday shows a school bus driver driving through flood waters, reportedly with students on board, WGNO reports.

Trista Ross took video of the flooding outside her home on Wednesday morning and spotted the driver plowing through the water, which she told the news source was touching the bottom of the stop signs. She added that other motorists tried to drive through the intersection and one car stalled there on Wednesday afternoon.

Later that morning, the video was sent to Monmouth-Roseville School District #238, according to WGNO. Edward Fletcher, the superintendent for the district told the news source that when he saw the video he “was pretty upset” when he found out it was the district’s bus and that there were students aboard. He added that no students were hurt, no water got into the bus, and that the situation is being addressed per the school’s policy.

Fletcher also told the news source that the bus driver thought he could drive through the flood waters. “I never would've come to that conclusion, nor [do] I think many other drivers [would]," he added.

To read the full story and watch the video, obtained by WGNO, go here.

Related Topics: Illinois, weather

Comments ( 2 )
  • William Cavico

     | about 3 months ago

    A major problem driving through flood waters is that hydrostatic pressure may have lifted and shifted manhole covers leaving a heck of a pot hole which can't be seen through the flood waters. There is also the issue of power lines, out of sight in wide flood areas, braking and electrifying the water before the pole fuses blow. Bill C.

  • See all comments
More Stories

School Bus Songs: ‘Stop When the Arm is Out’

Michigan City (Ind.) Area Schools’ transportation department, also known as the “stop-arm singers,” recreate The Supremes’ famous “Stop in the Name of Love” — urging motorists to think twice before illegally passing a stopped school bus.

Heidi King’s last day as acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be Aug. 31. Photo courtesy NHTSA

NHTSA Acting Administrator to Step Down

Heidi King’s last day as acting administrator of the regulatory agency will be Aug. 31. She will be replaced by James Owens, the U.S. DOT’s deputy general counsel.


School Bus Songs: 'Washboard Road'

Jay Heilman, a bus driver with Pasco County (Fla.) Schools, is joined by other members of the district’s transportation staff as he details the trials and triumphs of pupil transportation in his own catchy version of Lil Nas X's “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.

File photo courtesy School Bus Safety Co.

Shake-Ups Prompt a Closer Look at Safety

Although we all agree that the motoring public needs to be more cautious, bus drivers can also help mitigate the number of dangerous incidents by following safe and consistent loading and unloading practices.

When unloading, do not step off the bus before sticking out the hand-held stop sign and checking both directions alongside the bus for hazards.

PHOTOS: California Loading, Unloading Safety

Sabine Konrad, driver instructor for Visalia Unified School District, demonstrates some key steps designed to boost safety when crossing students in the loading and unloading process use by the state.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!