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10 Students Injured after School Bus Crashes, Rolls over Guardrail

school bus involved in crash with car rolled onto side

According to the Boston Globe, a school bus was hit by a truck, causing it to topple over a guardrail and injure 10 students on board in Waltham, Massachusetts, on Wednesday afternoon.

Details of School Bus Accident

A school bus transferring students from Ephraim Curtis Middle School was traveling south on Interstate 95 near Route 20 when the injury accident occurred. Officials say the school bus was hit by a pickup truck at around 1:00 p.m. local time.

Following the collision, the school bus crashed through a guardrail and ended up on its side. The Boston Globe reports that all 22 children on the bus were taken to local hospitals – 10 students were treated for minor injuries and 12 students were taken as precautionary measures.

The bus driver and pickup truck driver were not injured in the crash. The driver of the pickup remained at the scene of the accident and was cooperating with police, reports the Boston Globe.

School-Transportation Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2004 and 2013, there were 340,039 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,214 (0.4%) were classified as school-transportation-related crashes. Here are more facts about these types of crashes:

  • From 2004 to 2013, there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes – an average of 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles crashes.
    • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
    • Nonoccupants, including pedestrians, bicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • Among the 106 occupants killed in school transportation vehicles between 2004 and 2013, 45 were drivers and 61 were passengers.

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