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20 Children Injured After Truck Hits School Bus

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Destiny Baker3 years ago

20 children in Fresno, California were transported to the hospital for treatment of minor and moderate injuries after after their school bus was struck by a tanker truck.

About the School Bus Crash

According to ABC News, the collision occurred around 2 pm Monday at the intersection of Elm and Central Avenue.

Witnesses claim that the driver of the tractor-trailer proceeded through a stop sign at the intersection, not realizing that the school bus did not have to stop at the intersection.

The bus was unable to stop in time and collided with the truck.

In total, 20 children were hospitalized with various injuries. The intersection was closed for hours as hazmat crews emptied the 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel from the tanker and cleared the scene.

U.S. Trucking Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,921 people were killed and another 104,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2012.
  • Both the number of deaths and the numbers of injuries recorded in 2012 increased from 2011 when 3,781 people were killed and 88,000 people were injured.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2012:
    • 18 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were non-occupants, such as pedestrians and bicyclists.

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