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One Killed, One Injured After Coal Truck Crashes into School Bus

A school bus driver was killed in Township of Derry, Pennsylvania Monday after the school bus was rear-ended by a coal truck while stopping to pick up a student.

Details of the Fatal School Bus Crash

According to reports, 54-year-old Deborah Bopp of Blairsville was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 7:15 am.

The bus was slowing to pick up a 17-year-old student on Route 22 when the coal truck struck it from behind. The force of the impact forced the school bus into a concrete median.

Firefighters extracted the coal truck driver from his vehicle and he was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital. Fortunately, there were no students aboard the bus at the time of the accident.

The accident remains under investigation.

School Transportation Crash Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes recorded between 2004 and 2013. This averages to 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
  • Nonoccupants, including pedestriansbicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • Among the 106 occupants killed in school transportation vehicles between 2004 and 2013, 45 were drivers and 61 were passengers.

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