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20+ Injured in Crash Involving Two School Buses

school bus flipped on side after crash

According to WTHR, 25 people, including students and adults, received treatment at a hospital after a school bus crashed into another in front of it at a traffic light in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday morning.

Reported Injuries are Non-life-threatening

Two school buses for Lawrence Township were driving on Fall Creek Road approaching Shadeland Avenue at around 8:30 a.m. when the bus accident occurred. Witnesses say the bus in front stopped at a traffic light at the intersection, but the second school bus did not. The bus crashed into the rear of the other.

One witness says the second bus never hit the brakes before it rear-ended the first, reports WTHR. A total of 42 people, high school students and adults, were on the two buses. Twenty-five were transported to several different local hospitals for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. One bus driver reported neck pain while the other suffered from back pain.

The exact circumstances of the crash are unknown, according to WTHR, but officials are investigating to see if weather played a role in the collision.

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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