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Police Cite School Bus Driver for Driving off the Road, Hitting Telephone Pole


school bus involved in crash with a car

According to the Port Arthur News, police issued a citation to a school bus driver after driving off the road on Tuesday morning in Jefferson County, Texas.

No Children Injured in Wreck

The unidentified bus driver was driving on Old Sour Lake Road at around 7:15 a.m. when the crash occurred. The bus driver attempted a right turn onto Patna Drive at a high rate of speed, causing the driver to lose control and leave the roadway.

Police say the bus crashed into a telephone pole before coming to rest, reports Port Arthur News. There were only four children on the bus at the time of the wreck, ranging from nine to 14 years old. None of the occupants sustained injuries.

The bus driver received a citation for unsafe speed, according to Port Arthur News. The driver works for Hardin-Jefferson ISD, and there is no word on whether the driver will face further punishment.

School-transportation Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2004 and 2013, there were 340,039 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,214 (0.4%) were classified as school-transportation-related crashes. Here are more facts about these types of crashes:

  • From 2004 to 2013, there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes – an average of 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles crashes.
    • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
    • Nonoccupants, including pedestrians, bicyclists, 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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