School buses are the safest mode of transportation your child can take to and from school. On average, four to six school-aged children die per year in school bus accidents. That is less than 1% of all traffic fatalities. The majority of these deaths occur as children are boarding or disembarking from the bus and usually caused by the carelessness of other drivers rather than the school bus driver. School buses are made to exacting safety standards, making them more visible on the road than many other vehicles. Despite these precautions, accidents still do occur. The Valdosta Daily Times reports on an accident involving a school bus.
The accident occurred on Boring Pond Road in Valdosta at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4th. The Georgia State Patrol arrived on the scene 30 minutes later.
The driver of a Jeep Wrangler veered into the path of the oncoming school bus, leaving its driver injured.
At the time, only the driver of the bus and her daughter were on board. At the time, they were in route to begin picking up children for school.
The driver of the Jeep was transported by emergency personnel to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The bus driver complained of back pain. The daughter complained of pain in her knee. The daughter is eight years old.
Both vehicles were extensively damaged and had to be towed away from the scene. The crash also left a significant amount of debris in the roadway.
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