This morning, students, parents, and other sympathetic Paramus residents laid flowers on a make-shift memorial outside of East Brook Middle School. It was a somber tribute to a teacher and student who were killed when their school bus collided with a dump truck on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive. Read the rest »
According to the National Safety Council, riding a bus is the safest way for children to travel to school. School buses are specifically designed for safety with their bright yellow color, flashing lights, over-sized mirrors, and incorporation of lap and shoulder belts. Not only that, they make the roads to school safer because they keep more than 17 million cars away from school buildings every single school day.
Recently, 15 people, many of them children, were injured when a sports utility vehicle slammed into the back of a stopped school bus. The collision happened on a Friday morning in Gloucester Township in Camden County. Read the rest »
Generally speaking, school bus drivers have to go through rigorous training to do their job. There are a variety of tests and challenges that each driver must complete to be certified in the state of New Jersey. In addition, state yearly inspections are incredibly detailed and are designed to weed out any potential dangers in the fleet. Read the rest »
A small school bus carrying 11 children, some of them special needs kids, went out of control, slamming into an SUV and crashing into an Irvington liquor store. As reported by CBS NY, the accident took place around 8 a.m. at the corner of Springfield and Sanford Avenues. Witnesses said that the bus was traveling along Sanford Avenue, when it ran a red light and slammed into a Rav 4 traveling east along Springfield. The SUV collided with a telephone pole, while bus continued forward and smashed into Home Liquors. Shortly after the accident, one witness heard the bus driver exclaiming that “…my brakes went off on me.” Surveillance video of the intersection confirms that the bus did in fact run the red light and cause the collision. Read the rest »
A 60-year-old Fort Lee woman was killed in a New Jersey traffic accident involving a school bus. According to a news report in The Record, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Broad Avenue at Fort Lee Road in Leonia. Officials say she was legally crossing the road when the bus turned left onto Broad Avenue and struck her. NJ.com reports that she was dragged 71 feet underneath the bus before the driver came to a stop. She died at the scene. The driver of the Rainbow Transportation Inc. school bus was issued summonses for careless driving, failing to yield to a pedestrian and for driving a vehicle with badly worn tires. Read the rest »
Although no life-threatening injuries were reported, 28 students were transported to the hospital after a school bus collided with another vehicle in North Brunswick. According to a news report in WABC, the school bus accident occurred at US 130 and Wood Avenue. Officials said the Brunswick High School bound bus was transporting 28 teenagers when it was rear-ended. At least six of the passengers complained of minor pain following the crash. It is unclear who caused the crash or if the other driver will face summonses for the collision.
Because of their size and weight, school buses are able to withstand a significant impact without taking damage. Also, they have stop sign arms, bright colors, reinforced sides, and flashing red lights. School bus passengers, however, can still suffer injuries in even minor collisions. School buses do not have airbags for young passengers and they often do not even have seatbelts. In fact, only new school buses are built with child restraint systems and many older buses only have a seatbelt for the driver.
A 27-year-old Monroe man is fighting for his life after a bus struck his bicycle. According to a news report on MyCentralJersey.com, the bus accident occurred on Erickson Avenue near the border of Monroe and Spotswood. Officials say the bicyclist made contact with the mid-section of the passenger side of a mini-bus that was transporting four special-needs children. He required surgery and has been listed in stable condition with a serious head injury.
Under New Jersey law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists. Sharing the road can be challenging and frustrating, but traffic laws must be obeyed to prevent accidents. Read the rest »
Officials are looking at surveillance video in order to determine how a 64-year-old pedestrian was killed in a bus accident involving a New Jersey Transit bus in Camden. According to a WPVI news report, the pedestrian ran out as she was talking on the phone, with one hand in the air trying to flag down a Route 401 bus at South Broadway and Royden streets.
The victim’s family members say the bus driver saw her and continued on even though the lights at the intersection were red. Witnesses say the driver of the bus was distraught and dropped to her knees in tears after the accident. No charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing. Read the rest »
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