The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sets the national standards for school bus safety. They require three-point restraints on buses that weigh under 10,000 pounds. However, individual states are allowed to decide whether they require restraints on larger buses. So far, only California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Texas, require seat belts on buses. In 2015, the NHTSA reversed their recommendation, which had previously been that school buses were already the safest method to transport students with or without belts. Now, the agency recommends that all buses provide seat belts, but still leaves the decision to require them to individual states.
WSB Radio reports that a runaway bus crashed with students on board.
The incident happened on March 2 in Bellevue, Washington. A video recording caught the incident as the bus rolled downhill, crashed into cars, and then flipped over.
The driver was not on board the bus. The driver had exited the bus to close the rear doors used to load wheelchairs. Right after he shut the doors, the bus began rolling downhill.
The bus traveled nearly a block before slamming into cars, then trees, and came to a stop wedged against a house. The bus driver and other witnesses climbed through the rear doors to comfort the children.
Only one student suffered from minor injuries in the crash. The driver is considered a witness since he was not behind the wheel when the crash occurred.
The driver was not cited by police.
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