A female driving an SUV ran a red light early Monday morning, causing an accident that involved a school bus and several other vehicles. Only minor injuries were sustained; California Highway Patrol (CHP) has determined that the SUV driver will not be cited.
According to KEYT, the accident occurred around 8:30 am on Monday morning in Santa Maria, California, at the intersection of Blosser Rd. and Battle Rd.
The Kia SUV was traveling north on Blosser Rd when it collided with a fully loaded school bus traveling west, both driving around 30 mph.
After it was struck by the bus, the SUV pushed four other vehicles that were stopped on Blosser Rd.
56 children were on the school bus, three suffered minor injuries such as a bump on the knee, a sore neck, and a forehead laceration; no divers sustained any major injuries. The injured students were transported to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria and have since been released.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the female driver of the SUV was not traveling at excessive speeds at the time of the accident and was likely unable to see the bus until it was too late.
The CHP said they typically do not issue citations unless they determine gross negligence on the part of the driver; the Kia SUV driver will not be cited.
School-transportation related crashes made up 0.4% of all motor vehicle crashes from 2004-2013.
1,344 people were killed from 2004-2013 in school transportation related crashes, an average of 134 fatalities per year. 327 of those 1,344 fatalities were school age children.
From 2004-2013 there were almost three times more fatalities among occupants of other vehicles than occupants of school transportation vehicles.