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Three Students Injured after 18-Wheeler Crashes into School Bus


speeding 18-wheeler on highway

According to The Roanoke Times, a semi-truck crashed into a school bus, injuring the driver and three students in Franklin County, Virginia, on Thursday morning.

Details of the Trucking Accident

A Franklin County Public Schools bus traveled on Wirtz Road near Plateau Plaza when the accident occurred. Police say the tractor-trailer ran a red light and crashed into the school bus.

Two students on the bus received treatment at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, reports The Roanoke Times. Another student was taken to the hospital by a parent. The driver of the bus also sustained injuries in the crash.

As a precaution, the truck driver sought medical attention at a hospital. The Roanoke Times reports that the 18-wheeler driver was charged with reckless driving.

Trucking Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. In addition,

  • An estimated 111,000 people suffered injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 74 percent of the people injured in these accidents were occupants of other vehicles.
  • An estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes during 2014.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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