A child is much safer when they take a school bus to and from school and school-related functions. Children killed on school buses make up less than one percent of all traffic fatalities nationwide. According to the NHTSA, children who take the school bus are 70x more likely to arrive at school and at home safely than those who take cars. If all children riding buses were to need car transportation, an additional 17 million cars on the road would be required. Accidents are rare, but they do happen, as WALB News reports.
Crisp County Schools superintendent Cindy Hughes spoke about a deadly accident that involved one of the county’s school buses.
According to troopers, the driver of a pickup truck failed to yield to the bus at the East 24th and Greer intersection in Cordele, Georgia.
There were 11 students on the bus, a bus monitor, and the bus driver. All the children were fine.
The driver of the truck, identified as 28-year-old Joel Lee Hodges, was killed at the scene. Another passenger in the truck was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. A third vehicle was involved in the crash but was not injured.
The school system sent a counselor to the hospital to speak with the children who had been on the bus as well as with the driver.
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