Eight school children were hospitalized following serous bus crash in Olney, Maryland on Monday morning.
Details of the Maryland Bus Crash
According to reports, the crash occurred on Norbeck Road near Olney when a bus transporting middle schooler to Farquhar Middle School was struck by a garbage truck. While authorities believe weather did play a role in the collision, they placed responsibility on the garbage truck driver.
“He lost control of his vehicle and the rear-end fish tailed into the east bound lane striking the front drivers side of the school bus,” said Public Information Officer Lucille Baur. “At this stage of the investigation it has been determined that the driver of the trash truck is the at fault driver and he has been cited.”
Police say none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.
School Bus Accident Statistics
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:
- 54 (18%) were occupants of school transportation vehicles
- 137 (46%) were occupants of other vehicles
- 102 (34%) were pedestrians
- Eight (3%) were cyclists
According to NHTSA’s data, of the school-age pedestrians killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:
- 61% were struck by school buses.
- 3% were struck by vehicles functioning as school buses.
- 36% were struck by other vehicles involved in the crashes.
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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