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Two School Buses Collide, Injuring 27 Students in Wichita

diverse group of five young children

According to the Wichita Eagle, 27 students were injured in a crash involving two school buses in Wichita, Kansas, on Thursday morning.

About the School Bus Accident

The school bus crash occurred on Kellogg near the junction with Interstate 135 at around 11:20 a.m. local time. Near the exit, traffic slowed down suddenly, and one of the school buses was struck by the other bus.

The Wichita Eagle reports that of the approximately 60 students on board between the two buses, 27 children were injured in the crash. Most of the injury complaints included head and neck pain, and many children were visibly shaken by the bus accident. One child was taken to a hospital in Wichita for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

The two L’Ouverture Elementary buses were returning from a field trip at the Wichita Symphony Young People’s Concert downtown. Two new buses came to pick up the children following the crash. Neither of the buses involved in the accident had safety restraints, according to the Wichita Eagle.

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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