Officials have reported that five school buses rear-ended each other on Tuckerton Road around 4:00pm Monday. The buses were dropping off children who attended the JCC Medford Day Camp.
According to NBC Philadelphia, first responders at the scene reported that 21 children, two bus drivers, and one staff member suffered minor injuries in the crash. Fortunately, none of the injuries sustained by them were life-threatening.
The injured individuals were taken to Virtua Voorhees and Virtua Mount Holly hospitals for treatment. The other 67 campers and 10 staff members were taken back to the JCC Camp on additional buses and reunited with their families.
The buses involved in the crash are owned and operated by the Safety Bus Company based in Pennsauken, New Jersey. The company had no comment Monday night.
The Medford Township Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the incident.
On average, of 30 school-age children are killed each year in school-transportation-related crashes — most of them outside of the bus or in other vehicles — according to newly updated federal data.
According to NHTSA, from 2006 to 2015, there were 324,710 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,172 (0.4%) were classified as being related to school transportation.
Even within the school-transportation-related fatalities, less than a quarter of those killed are children. In the 2006 to 2015 time span, NHTSA’s data show that 1,313 people of all ages were killed in crashes related to school transportation, with 301 of them (23%) being school-age children (age 18 or younger).
The report also shows that most of the child fatalities take place outside of school buses or in other vehicles. Of the 301 school-age children killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:
According to NHTSA’s data, of the school-age pedestrians killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:
NHTSA defines a school-transportation-related crash as one that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.
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