A school bus is one of the safest ways for a child to travel to and from school and school-related activities. Statistics reveal that a child is 70% more likely to arrive safely at their destination when taking a school bus rather than another form of transportation. Further numbers paint an even more vivid picture. Of the 320,874 fatal motor vehicle accidents that occurred between 2007 to 2016, only 1,147 were related to school transportation. Of those, only a small percentage of the fatalities were riding on the bus. The great majority were drivers and passengers of other vehicles.
WSOCTV reports on a horrific accident where a bus full of students overturned.
The incident occurred just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday near Abermarle in Stanly County, North Carolina. 17 people were injured, with one being flown from the accident site to the hospital after a pickup truck towing a trailer crashed into an Early Head Start school bus.
According to authorities, a 2012 Dodge truck towing a trailer was traveling eastbound on Quail Ridge Road. It failed to stop at a stop sign and plowed into the bus. The bus was traveling north on U.S. Highway 52. On-board the bus were 15 students and 2 adults. All of the students were preschoolers. Most of the students were taken to Atrium-Stanly to be checked over. None of them had serious injuries.
Another vehicle that had been traveling behind the school bus also crashed. The driver was the victim that was flown to the hospital. Authorities expect to charge the driver of the truck.
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