According to several news outlets, including The Boston Globe and the Boston branch of CBS Local, 10 of the children sustained “minor injuries” while the remaining 12 were given medical care as a precaution, but all were released several hours later at around 4 p.m.
This accident took place just south of Route 95 in Weston, about 16 miles west of Boston, around 2 p.m. this Wednesday afternoon on January 11th 2017.
Eyewitness accounts claim that the bus collided with a pickup truck, and the force of the collision caused it to hit the nearby guard rail and roll over onto its side.
Jaira Pimentel, a sixth-grader and one of the students riding inside the bus at the time of the crash, has stated that she and others were truly terrified and believed at the time that they were going to die.
According to the 2015 Traffic Safety Facts published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), part of the U.S. Department of Education, there were 1,344 people of all ages killed in crashes related to school transportation from 2004 to 2013, an average of 134 fatalities every year.
327 of the victims were school-aged children who died in the crashes, with 54 of them being passengers of school transportation vehicles.
There were apparently nearly three times more fatalities among occupants of the other vehicles involved in the crashes than those in the school transportation vehicles.