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.
On May 17, 2018, a school bus caused a deadly crash when it missed an exit and decided to make a sudden U-turn in a median. The school bus was filled with fifth-graders headed on a class field trip in New Jersey. The bus was carrying 38 students and seven adults from East Brook Middle School in Paramus. As the bus attempted to make the U-turn, it collided with a dump truck. As a result of the accident, one 10-year-old student and one teacher died. Forty-three others were injured, some critically.
The Court of Appeals for Texas' 5th District unanimously upheld a jury verdict that made the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma liable for $9.3 million of the total $11 million awarded in a wrongful death action resulting from a chartered bus crash in April 2013. The chartered bus was bound for the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma when the charter bus ran off the highway in Irving, Texas and killed two elderly casino patrons, Alice Stanley and Paula Hahn.
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.
Last Thursday morning, a three-vehicle collision claimed the life of an area motorist. One of the vehicles was an Aldine Independent School District bus that was headed towards Nimitz High School. The bus driver was not injured, and no students were on board. Another vehicle was an suv. The female driver was taken for treatment. The third vehicle was a pick-up truck. Its driver was transported by Life Flight to a hospital in the medical center, where he later died. The wreck occurred between about 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. on FM 1960. Traffic in both directions was snarled afterwards. Evidently, the truck and suv collided, knocking the truck into the path of the bus.
Today's news brings reports of multiple bus crashes.
Texting and driving is often associated as a dangerous habit of teenagers, but adults are guilty of it too. In fact, a survey by AT&T found that while 98% of adults know it isn't safe to text and drive, a staggering 49% of them do it anyway. This past December a Tennessee school bus driver used his cellphone while driving and swerved into oncoming traffic, hitting another school bus. One adult and two children were killed as a result. It was later discovered that the driver was both sending and reading text messages moments before the accident. Wrongful death lawsuits are now being filed by the victims' families.
Within the past week there have been two serious bus rollover accidents. The first involved a senior citizen casino-bound tour bus on an interstate in California. This accident caused approximately 50 injuries. The second rollover accident caused approximately 20 injures to 6th grade Missouri school girls travelling to a school campout in northeast Kansas.