Several people, adults and children alike, were injured Monday, November 11, in Yuma County, Colo., after a Wray School District school bus and a truck collided, causing the bus to roll over. According to the State Patrol, the accident occurred in the intersection of Yuma County Road FF and Yuma County Road 25.
Trooper Nate Reid, a spokesman for the State Patrol, said that the female driver of the 2004 school bus and one student believed to be of about elementary school age were both seriously injured in the collision, while three other students suffered minor injuries. Also, the female driver of the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Neither lights nor signs were on the county road where the school bus was allegedly hit by the pickup, Reid claims. Once hit, the school bus rolled once, landing back on its wheels.
Children of ages possibly varying from kindergarten through 12th grade were involved in the crash and Wray Community District Hospital staff members have confirmed that patients were transported to their facility.
In 2009, a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that out of 371,104 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes since 2000, 1,245 (0.34 percent) were classified as school transportation-related. This study also confirmed that 130 school-age pedestrians (younger than 19) have died in school transportation-related accidents since 2000.
However, through the years, school buses have been designed with safety in mind more than ever. The American School Bus Council confirms that school buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing injury and avoiding crashes.