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10-Year-Old Run Over by School Bus in Freak Accident

A 10-year-old boy was killed in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on Friday in a tragic school bus accident.

About the Fatal School Bus Accident

According to reports, the 10-year-old middle school student, identified as Zjequalin Cody, missed his bus and was running after it when he tripped and fell under the vehicle’s wheels. The boy died of blunt force trauma.

The school bus driver told investigators he was not aware that the child was chasing the bus. Another driver witnessed the accident and called 911.

A crash team is performing a mechanical inspection of the bus, and a crises center has been established at the middle school to assist grieving students and parents.

School Transportation Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes recorded between 2004 and 2013. This averages to 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • 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.

Contact an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.

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