17 Children Injured after School Bus Crashes into Ditch
Bus did not have Seat Belts
The incident occurred on FM 1942 near Bohemian Hall on the bus’s way to drop off students, reports KHOU. The driver says she had to swerve to miss another vehicle, which caused her to lose control and flip the bus into the ditch.
Early media reports claimed there were children trapped on the crashed bus, but Crosby ISD refutes these claims. The Crosby ISD superintendent says everyone was off the bus within 15 minutes of the crash, according to KHOU.
KHOU reports that most of the injuries were minor, including bumps and bruises, but that the Crosby ISD superintendent says some injuries were more significant than others. The 17 injured occupants were transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure. No life-threatening injuries were sustained during the crash.
School-Transportation Related Crash 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.