On March 13, 2018, a bus carrying Channelview High School band students plummeted 50-feet down a ravine near Mobile, Alabama. The bus-transporting forty-six people-was coming home to Houston after a high school band trip to Disney World. The catastrophe left one dead, one in critical condition, and another five individuals with serious injuries. The location of the bus in the ravine made rescue efforts difficult, and it took authorities three hours to get everyone out. Helicopters and ambulances took the injured to three hospitals in Mobile and Pensacola. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Earlier this week, three separate accidents involving Houston-area school buses were reported. The first accident occurred on Monday when an Alvin ISD school bus rear-ended a vehicle stopped at a red light at the intersection of State Highway 6 and County Road 99 in Brazoria County, resulting in two fatalities. No students were on board the bus at the time of the accident. The second accident occurred on Tuesday on Highway 288 at Southmore near the Medical Center. Two vehicles reportedly ran into the back of a Houston ISD school bus, causing the bus to leave the roadway. The school bus driver suffered was transported to the hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery. Houston ISD confirmed that there were no students on the bus at the time of the accident. The third accident involving a Crosby ISD school bus occurred on Wednesday. According to Crosby ISD officials, 15 students were on the bus at the time of the accident, but no injuries were reported.
A collision between a privately-owned vehicle and a Maryland Transmit Administration (MTA) bus sent 17 people to the hospital on the afternoon of May 20, 2017. According to MTA officials, the accident occurred at 3:54 p.m. at the intersection of St. Paul Street and East North Avenue in central Baltimore.
On Tuesday afternoon, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a bus in downtown Houston. According to investigators, the pedestrian was walking near St. Joseph Medical Center when she was struck by a First Class Tours bus. The woman, whose name has not been released by investigators, died at the scene. Investigators have not determined if the woman was in the crosswalk or if the light was green at the time. This incident is the second incident this year in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a bus in downtown Houston. In January, a pedestrian was crossing the street when he was struck and killed by a METRO bus in downtown Houston. Unfortunately, the number of pedestrian fatalities in Houston has steadily increased every year since at least 2013.
On March 24, 2017 students from Pleasant High School were returning home after a track meet. The bus was carrying 32 students. An 18-wheeler owned by Rooney Trucking sideswiped the Mount Pleasant High School bus and the collision resulted in the deaths of two people.
It's 6:00 pm and you're driving your usual route home from work, when a familiar sound is heard indicating that you've received a text message. Should you check it?
On March 7, 2017, a tour bus carrying senior citizens from Texas was hit by a train in Biloxi, Mississippi. The bus had come from the Austin area and was transporting passengers to one of Biloxi's casinos. Four people died as a result of the crash. Those killed have been identified as Peggy and Ken Hoffman from Lockhart, Texas, Clinton Havran of Sealy, Texas, and Deborah Orr of Bastron, Texas. Thirty-five people were hospitalized.
Two bus crashes made today's news.
The families of three of the victims are suing the company that made the bus after their daughters died in a bus crash. In September of 2014, the North Central Texas College women's softball team was returning to Texas after a scrimmage in Bethany against Southern Nazarene University. After the scrimmage, the team boarded a bus and headed back to Texas. Around 9 p.m., their bus was hit by a semi-truck. The 32-passenger bus rolled onto its side after the 18-wheeler crossed the median of Interstate 35 in Oklahoma.
On Tuesday around 6:30 pm, a Metro bus making a turn on Milam and Congress Street struck 36-year-old Michael Kenneth Unfried of Pasadena. Mr. Unfried died at the scene and is survived by his two children, ages 10 and 17. Prior to the incident, Mr. Unfried had been crossing the intersection, though it is still unclear whether he was on the crosswalk or not, when the bus turned and hit him. While the surveillance video of the incident is still being reviewed, it is believed Mr. Unfried was in the driver's blind spot. The father of two had a career in the computer field and worked for the county. There were no other reported injuries, as the bus wasn't carrying other passengers.