Police report that a Baltimore County school bus dragged a 4-year-old girl after her backpack got stuck in the door.
Details of the School Bus Accident
Julia Hardgrove, Baltimore County Police spokeswoman, reports that the girl, who is a preschool student attending Pine Grove Elementary School, was leaving the drop off at Manor Road and Old Carriage Road when the accident happened.
According to Hardgrove, after the officials got the emergency call at 4:11 p.m., they discovered that the girl’s backpack was stuck in the door. Unfortunately, the driver had driven forward a short distance. The spokeswoman could not explain exactly how the girl was dragged.
The girl sustained non-life threatening injuries, and she was transported to the hospital.
Hardgrove added that the bus driver remained at the scene while the police officers investigated.
Statistics of School Transportation Crashes
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that between 2004 and 2013, there were over 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes. This totals to 1,344 fatalities per year.
- 8% of the 1,344 fatalities were passengers of school buses.
- 71% of the people who died in these crashes were passengers of other crashed vehicles.
- 21% of the fatalities were non-passengers, including pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.,
- Between 2004 and 2013, 45 drivers and 61 passengers school transportation vehicles.
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