In Washington, a motorist records a video of the bus driver driving over railroad tracks after a crossing arm hits the bus.
John Stevens of Texas is arrested and indicted for criminally negligent homicide and injury to a child in connection with a crash with a train in January that killed a student.
The Indiana driver faces no criminal charges in a collision with a school bus that killed a student. A grand jury says the driver's actions did not fit the legal definition of recklessness.
John Stevens stopped his bus before the railroad tracks as state law requires and then pulled forward before being struck by a freight train, according to the crash report. One student was killed in the crash.
The Texas bus, which had two students on board, came to a stop, then continued across the tracks in front of the train, police said. One student died and the other was hospitalized in critical condition.
The Indiana driver stated in a report on the Dec. 5 crash that killed a student that he was trying to remove a jacket and sweatshirt, and took his eyes off the road just before the incident.
Authorities file preliminary charges of manslaughter and involuntary injury against the driver. Six students were killed in the crash.
At issue in the investigation is whether the safety barriers at the railroad crossing were open or closed when the bus moved onto the tracks.
The railroad crossing arm reportedly lowers onto the bus. A student captures video of a freight train running near the bus, but no one is harmed.
A Texas driver drove over railroad tracks and stopped at a stop sign, but was still too close to the tracks, and a train just missed hitting the bus. She was fired for not following standard rail crossing procedures.
Operation Lifesaver and the Federal Highway Administration award grants to 13 states for public education projects that target students, school bus drivers, Spanish-speaking populations and the news media.
Tacoma (Wash.) Public Schools officials say that vehicle crashes have occurred when buses were required to stop at the crossing, which trains use infrequently and at low speeds.
Houston Independent School District’s back-to-school transportation training program includes hands-on drills in railroad crossing safety, gang awareness, student management, hurricane preparedness and other topics. As Transportation General Manager Nathan Graf puts it, “It was not your typical training.”