Drivers know to stop for school buses, and the law mandates it, but what about for city buses? Should city buses be required to wait for the bus ahead of them to move before pulling around the stopped bus? A city bus driver is now facing criminal charges after he killed a woman who was exiting the bus in front of him. The incident occurred while he was executing an illegal right turn. The passenger had exited a city bus which was stopped ahead of the impacting bus and the negligent driver pulled widely around the stopped bus while turning right. He then struck and killed a disembarked passenger who was crossing the street onto which the driver was turning. The driver swung so wide that he traveled into the oncoming traffic lane and was stopped there after impacting the deceased.
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.
On April 5, 2017, a school bus carrying forty-four students from Beaumont's Charlton-Pollard Elementary School was involved in a crash with a pickup truck and an eighteen-wheeler.
On Monday, November 21, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a school bus carrying dozens of elementary school children crashed into a tree. As a result of the crash, five young children lost their lives. Six children are hospitalized in an intensive care unit, and six more children are hospitalized but in stable conditions. The children ranged from kindergarten to fourth grade.
A school bus crash last caused the death of two students. Two other students and the bus driver were seriously injured.
Accidents involving school buses in and around Houston are not an uncommon occurrence. This unfortunate truth was evident on Monday, April 13th. Shortly after school let out, two HISD school buses carrying children from Elmore Elementary and Burris Elementary in Houston collided. The accident occurred on a narrow, two-lane road. The impact caused one bus to be pushed into a ditch. Thirteen children and one bus driver were transported to the hospital.
Dallas Independent School District and its transportation provider, Dallas County Schools, discontinued the use of private 12- and 15- passenger vans for student transportation beginning Monday, September 30, 2013. This came after a parent outcry following a local news investigation concerning the safety of these vehicles.