It’s early in the morning and you’re hurrying your children through the pre-school routine. Teeth brushed, clothes on, lunch packed and they’re ready to head out the door and to the bus stop. Millions of American families start their day in the same way every weekday. As soon as they’re safely on the bus, you know they’re safe and you can go about your own day.
Sadly, it doesn’t always go so easily. Yesterday morning, a school bus crash in Mississippi injured several children and left the driver dead.
School Bus Rolls Over with Children Inside After Crash
This is still a breaking story and many details have yet to come out, but here’s what we do know. On Tuesday morning, a school bus crashed and rolled over, coming to a stop on its side. In the wake of the accident, we know that eight children were transported to a hospital in Memphis. Four were set to be released yesterday, and another four were said to be in serious condition.
The bus driver died in or before the crash. Officials believe the driver suffered a medical emergency, which is likely what caused the crash. A county coroner from Mississippi said that the driver clutched his chest and slumped over in his seat before the crash.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
School Transportation Crashes
School transportation crashes are tough to think about. Nobody wants to imagine that a crash could happen after they drop their child off at the bus stop. Fortunately, the occupants of a school bus are usually safer than any other vehicle they collide with, but it’s still tragic every time. Here are some statistics from the NHTSA on school transportation-related crashes:
- From 2007 to 2016, there were 1,282 people killed in school transportation crashes. 70% of these fatalities were occupants in other involved vehicles
- Occupants of school buses accounted for only 9% of the crash fatalities
- 45% of the crashes involved impacts to the front of the school transportation vehicles
When you put your child on a bus, you’re trusting the driver and your school to take care of them. That’s why it’s so upsetting to hear about school bus crashes. Thankfully, they are few and far between, but that doesn’t stop the fear and hurt they cause when they do happen.
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