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Oklahoma School Bus Crash Kills 3 People, Including Middle School Girl

Oklahoma authorities investigating a school bus crash that killed a middle school student and two others Saturday night say the crash may have been caused by a drunk driver. The fatal crash occurred near the town of Bowlegs in central Oklahoma when an SUV tried to pass the school bus on Highway 377. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane of the two-lane highway and entered the southbound lane to pass another vehicle. The school bus, traveling in the southbound lane, swerved into the northbound lane to avoid the SUV. At the same ... Read More

Texas School Bus Collides With Freight Train, Killing Student

Authorities investigating a school bus crash that killed one student and injured another student and the bus driver in Athens, Texas, Jan. 25, say they don’t know why the driver took the bus into the path of a Union Pacific freight train. Athens Police said the school bus, driven by John Stevens, 78, came to a stop before the train tracks on North Murchison Street, yet continued for unknown reasons to cross directly in front of the Union Pacific train. The freight train struck the school bus and continued to push it about a quarter of a mile down the ... Read More

NTSB Calls For Seat Belts in All New School Buses

Spurred by its findings in two recent deadly school bus crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for lap and shoulder seat belts in all new school buses. It’s the first time the agency has called for a requirement that would eventually lead to seat belts being present in all school buses. Requiring seat belts in school buses has long been a widely debated but unresolved safety issue. Studies have shown lap and shoulder seat belts would save lives in some crashes but could prove fatal in others. This trade-off has led to years of debate resulting in ... Read More

School Bus in Deadly New Jersey Crash Attempted Illegal U-Turn

Authorities investigating a school bus crash that killed a teacher and a student in New Jersey Thursday, May 17, said the bus driver was attempting an illegal U-turn in the highway median when a dump truck hit it from behind. The bus crash killed teacher Jennifer Williamson, 51, and a fifth-grade student whose identity had not been released as of Friday. The school bus was carrying 38 students and seven adults, including the driver, from East Brook Middle School in Paramus for a field trip to the restored 19th century Waterloo Village in Byram, New Jersey. The collision injured 43 other students and the ... Read More

Minnesota School Bus Driver Facing Distracted Driving Charges

A Minnesota school bus driver is facing more than two dozen charges for distracted driving and other traffic violations after video and audio surveillance recordings captured her using her smartphone to look up jokes while driving and other improper, potentially dangerous behavior. KARE Channel 11 Minneapolis reported that authorities charged 39-year-old Brenda Cartsen of Blaine, Minnesota, with 15 traffic offenses stemming from distracted driving, including reckless and careless driving and child endangerment. According to KARE, a parent of one of the middle school students aboard the bus contacted Ms. Carsten’s employer, Lorenz Bus Service Inc., about the driver’s distracted driving. ... Read More

Two Injured When Lansing School Bus Crashes Into Building

A school bus crash in downtown Lansing, Michigan that injured two people and caused substantial structural damage to a building appears to be the bus driver’s fault, local police say. The Lansing State Journal reported that the school bus was traveling southbound on Cedar St. toward Michigan Ave. when it ran a red light at the intersection Tuesday morning and collided with a passenger vehicle turning onto Cedar. The bus then continued through the intersection and slammed into the front of a commercial and residential building that used to house a bar. The bus crash injured the bus driver and ... Read More

School bus driver in deadly Baltimore crash unfit to drive, lawsuit alleges

The Baltimore school bus driver who lost control of his bus in November and struck a commuter bus, killing six and injuring 11 others, had been wrongly cleared to drive a bus despite a history of pervious crashes and serious health problems, a lawsuit filed on behalf of the victims claims. According to the Baltimore Sun, the lawsuit alleges that 67-year-old school bus driver Glenn Chappell had a history of seizures, hypertension, and diabetes, which should have disqualified him from driving a commercial vehicle under federal and state laws. Mr. Chappell was one of the six people killed in the ... Read More

Pediatric Doctors Support Proposed Safety Bills After Fatal Chattanooga School Bus Crash

Doctors who treated the children injured in the Chattanooga school bus crash in Tennessee last November testified before a House subcommittee Wednesday, March 23, to support three proposed bills that aim to correct some of the problems that likely contributed to the severity of the crash. According to The Tennessean, Dr. Alan Kohrt, chief medical officer at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, said the night of Nov. 21 was “the most difficult of my professional life.” Four of the 37 children aboard the school bus died at the scene. Two more children died later at the hospital, and 30 others ... Read More

Judge Sends Chattanooga School Bus Crash Case To Grand Jury

Chattanooga, TN school bus crashes into tree

The driver of a Chattanooga school bus that crashed in November, killing six students and injuring 20 others, was driving up to 22 mph over the speed limit off his designated route and may have been using his cellphone at the time, a police officer investigating the accident testified in court Dec. 15. School bus driver Johnthony Walker, 24, has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving. Authorities will also add a sixth charge of vehicular homicide for a student who later died from crash injuries. In last Thursday morning’s hearing, Hamilton County General ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Alleges School Bus In Chattanooga Crash was unsafe, Poorly Designed

Chattanooga, TN school bus crashes into tree

A wrongful-death lawsuit filed in connection with the deadly Nov. 21 elementary school bus crash in Chattanooga that killed six children and injured dozens more targets the bus’s manufacturer, claiming an inferior design and poor structure failed to prevent students from being ejected from the vehicle. Filed Dec. 9 in Hamilton County Circuit Court by the family of 10-year-old Zyanna Harris, the lawsuit accuses North Carolina-based school bus manufacturer Thomas Built Buses of making an “unreasonably dangerous and defective” vehicle with an unsafe window system. “There were safer alternative designs,” the lawsuit claims. “Specifically, a window system with embedded glass ... Read More