While school buses remain the safest method of transportation for students, accidents do occur. In the years between 2004 and 2013, only .4% of fatal accidents involved school buses. Most of the fatalities in school-bus related crashes – ¾ of those killed – are in other vehicles. Only about 8% of the fatalities in school bus accidents are passengers on the bus. CBS News reports on a deadly collision between a school bus carrying students and adults and a dump truck in New Jersey.
One student and one teacher were killed in an accident that witnesses described as “horrific” last Thursday morning.
The crash ripped the bus apart and turned it on its side. The bus was carrying 38 students from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey, along with 7 adults. They were traveling to Waterloo Village, a nearby historic site. 43 of the 45 passengers were taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries.
The school bus is one that is equipped with seatbelts, which first responders said some children were secured into, suspended, in the rollover crash.
The dump truck was mangled in the crash and the condition of the driver was not immediately known. Records indicate that the company employs 33 drivers and operates 33 trucks. They have been involved in 7 crashes over the past two years, but none of those crashes were fatal.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board was also gathering information on the crash.
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