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Students Injured in Virginia School Bus Accident

Author Jonathan Hernandez

Fire and rescue teams in Virginia were called to the scene of an accident involving a school bus on Wednesday afternoon.

Details about the School Bus Accident

WHSV News is reporting that Augusta County Emergency Dispatchers have confirmed that a crash involving a school bus happened on Wednesday afternoon.

A source at the hospital confirmed that after they received word of the school bus accident, they were told to expect many patients to be transported to the hospital. The school system told WHSV News that the bus was transporting students from Wilson Middle School and Wilson High School when the accident happened.

In total, there were 14 students that were taken to the hospital after the accident.

The incident occurred just after 3:30 p.m., when the bus from the Augusta Country Public Schools was traveling north along Route 68, when the driver somehow lost control of the bus and it went off the right side of the road. After going off the right side of the road, the bus then crossed back over the road and hit an embankment before running off the left side of the road and continuing down a ravine and hitting a tree.

At the time of the accident, the bus was carrying 34 students.

The bus driver was charged with failure to maintain control of the vehicle.

Important Information about School Bus Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Between the years of 2003-2012, there were 89 fatal accidents in which at least one of the occupants of the school transportation vehicle was killed.
  • From 2003-2012, there were a total of 174 fatalities of school-age children in accidents involving school-transportation vehicles.
  • There are an average of 135 school-transportation related fatalities every year in the United States. 

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GM Recalls 473,000 Vehicles for Brake Pedal Defect

Author Elisabeth Freer

According to CBS Detroit, General Motors announced on Tuesday that it will recall 473,000 model year 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD, and Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles.

About the GM Recalls

According to GM, which has yet to submit recall notices with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles’ brake pedal pivot mechanism can come loose, causing the pedal to loosen, possibly becoming inoperable.

The Associated Press reports that dealers will inspect the pivot bolts and make needed fixes. Owners of affected vehicles will be noticed of the recall shortly.

So far, the company says it is unaware of any crashes or injuries resulting from the issue. Around 473,000 trucks and SUVs will be recalled.

Description of Recalled GM Vehicles

  • 473,000 model year 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD, and Chevrolet Tahoes will be recalled.
  • Brake pedal pivot mechanism can come loose, causing the pedal to loosen, possibly becoming inoperable.
  • Owners of affected vehicles will be noticed of the recall shortly.

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Bridgeton Bus Crash Leaves Motorist Dead, 4 Students Injured

Author Jarod Cassidy

At least one person is dead and four students were injured following a school bus crash in Cumberland County.

About the Cumberland County Bus Crash

According to the Daily Journal, on February 5th, around 7:42 am, a school bus headed to a private school in eastern Cumberland County was struck on Route 49 near Burlington Road by a motorist in a Toyota RAV4.

The driver, 43-year-old Larry Waller of Bridgeton, was pronounced dead on the scene. Four students ranging in age from 11 to 17 were taken to Inspira Medical Center Vineland for evaluation of minor injuries.

Bus aide Vera Cole, 82, of Fairfield was taken to Cooper University Hospital. Cole was in critical but stable condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Wendy Marano.

Authorities Launch Investigation

A preliminary investigation indicates Waller crossed the Route 49 center-line and hit the bus, driven by 48-year-old Osheia Wallace of Bridgeton. The bus ran off the eastern road shoulder and overturned.

The State Police report, released on its Facebook page, stressed that "the details and circumstances of the crash are still under investigation, there are no charges pending at this time.” The State Police also added that details would be pending, but would not be immediately available.

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