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One Dead After Garbage Truck Collides Head-On with NJ Transit Bus

One person is dead following a head-on collision between a transit bus and a garbage truck in New Jersey on Tuesday.

Details of the New Jersey Bus Crash

According to NBC New York, the fatal crash occurred on Springfield Avenue in Maplewood at around 1 pm. No passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident, but the driver of the bus was pronounced dead after undergoing surgery.

The driver of the truck and three passengers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

First responders and law enforcement vehicle remained at the scene through the afternoon to clear the scene.

It is unclear if either vehicle was traveling on the wrong side of the road at the time of the accident.

Bus Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • There were 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, which was an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
  • From 2005 to 2015, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, for all buses involved in crashes that were fatal.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of buses involved in crashes that caused fatalities increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

 

2 Students Hospitalized in Philadelphia School Bus Crash

Two students were hospitalized Wednesday as a result of a school bus crash in the Logan section of Philadelphia.

Details of the Philadelphia Bus Crash

According to 6 ABC News, the crash occurred at the intersection of Old York Road and Wagner Avenue at around 6:30 am. Reports indicate the school bus collided with a minivan.

Two students were on the school bus at the time of the crash and both were taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center for evaluation. Details on their condition were not immediately available.

The crash remains under investigation.

School Transportation Accident 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 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.

Contact an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.

Austin Trooper Collides with School Bus and SUV

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was involved in a crash with a school bus carrying KIPP Austin Public Schools students and an SUV near the intersection of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Springdale Road.

About the Austin School Bus Accident

According KXAN, first responders arrived to the scene of the crash around 4:43 pm Monday. Video of the crash allegedly shows the school bus traveling in the right lane of eastbound MLK when it is struck head-on by the highway patrol vehicle.

At least one student was transported to the hospital following the crash and another was taken to an urgent care clinic. Six other children were evaluated by Austin-Travis County EMS.

The trooper was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious injuries; fortunately, his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Accident reconstructionists are investigating the accident. No citations have been issued.

School Transportation Accident 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 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.

Contact an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.

One Dead After Bus and Car Collide and Crash into Berkeley Home

A 27-year-old woman died early Thursday morning after her car collided with a transit bus, causing both vehicles to crash into a home.

About the Fatal Berkeley Crash

According to the East Bay Times, Kelli Zachery, 27, was driving to work when her Honda Civic collided with an AC Transit bus at the intersection of California Street and Ashby Avenue around 6:38 am. The front of the bus struck the driver’s side of the Honda.

The force of the initial impact sent both vehicles crashing into a parked car and into a nearby house. Zachery was the sole occupant of her vehicle and was killed in the collision. There was one passenger on the bus, neither the passenger or the driver of the bus was injured.

There were people inside the house when the crash occurred, none of whom were injured.

Bus Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • The number of crashes resulting in injuries involving large trucks or buses increased by 62 percent from 60,000 in 2009 to 97,000 in 2015.
  • From 2005 to 2015, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, for all buses involved in crashes that were fatal.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of buses involved in crashes that caused fatalities increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys have handled a multitude of commercial vehicle accidents over the past two decades and continue to handle many of the largest 18-wheeler accident cases throughout the United States. Whether the company is small or large, our success is not an accident; it is because we understand how trucking companies operate. We represent clients/victims all over the country.

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys are available to respond to truck and bus accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices – we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

6-Year-Old Killed In School Bus Crash; Alcohol Involved

A six-year-old boy was killed in a bus crash in Calumet Township, Indiana on Thursday, and officials are saying that alcohol and traffic offenses were involved in the fatal incident.

About the Fatal School Bus Crash

A police officer witnessed the crash around 8 a.m. on Thursday, and it was reported that a Honda Civic drove right past a stop sign and into the side of a school bus carrying three students.

Police have said that alcohol contributed in some way to the collision between the car and school bus.

The person driving the Honda had two young passengers in the car, with one of them being Malachi Waiters, of Gary. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead, while the other young passenger suffered from minor injuries.

It was reported by the sheriff’s department that the driver of the Honda had a suspended driver’s license, and he also had an “outstanding warrant for driving while suspended” from an earlier incident. He was transported to the hospital and then taken to the Lake County Jail for causing a death while operating a vehicle.

At this time no charges have been filed against the man driving the Honda, and the crash is still under investigation by police.

Indiana Car Crash Statistics

The following statistics from 2014 were provided by Indiana Criminal Justice Institute:

  • 4% of fatal crashes involved drivers that were legally impaired by alcohol while driving, and led to a total of 101 deaths.
  • In 2014 alone there were 743 fatalities reported from automobile crashes.
  • Over 205,000 traffic collisions that caused injuries took place, which is an increase from the previous year.

School Bus Driver Faces 35 Counts of Aggravated Assault

A 29-year-old school bus driver has pleaded not guilty to 35 counts of aggravated assault from a crash that occurred last November.

Details of the Crash and Resulting Charges

According to FOX 17, Christina Mathis was indicted in April on 35 charges of aggravated assault and one charge of reckless endangerment for her role in a school bus crash that occurred on Interstate 65 last November.

Records indicate that Mathis was transporting students from Chester County High School when she lost control of the bus and struck a guardrail, causing the bus to overturn.

23 students were injured in the accident with two students suffering critical injuries.

Mathis initially told investigators that steering issues and high winds caused the accident; however, an inspection of the bus showed not mechanical defects. Authorities believe speed was a factor in the crash.

School Transportation Accident 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 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.

 

 

22 Injured in New Jersey School Bus Crash

22 children were treated for injuries following a school bus crash on Route 38 West in Moorestown, New Jersey Wednesday afternoon.

About the Moorestown School Bus Crash

According to NJ Advance Media, the crash occurred at the intersection of Route 38 West and Pleasant Valley Avenue at around 4:15 pm. Some children were treated at the scene while others were transported to Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill.

Officials did not say how the crash occurred, but the right lane and shoulder of Route 38 were closed as they conducted their investigation.

Thirty-six other children aboard the bus were uninjured and were taken to their destination by a different bus.

School Transportation Accident 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 pedestrians, bicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.

 

 

11 Injured in Bus Crash on the Golden Gate Bridge

A casino bus crashed into two stopped vehicles on the Golden Gate Bridge which led to 11 people becoming injured.

Details on the Bus Crash

The SFGate reports that the crash occurred around 12:42 p.m. Wednesday in the southbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge. It happened when a car was at a complete stop at a toll and was hit from behind by another car, which was in turn rear-ended by the casino bus carrying 49 passengers.

The crash caused the southbound lanes on the bridge to be closed down for almost an hour, and they finally re-opened around 1:33 p.m.

The 11 passengers that were injured in the crash were all transported to a hospital with minor injuries.

Bus Crash Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • The number of crashes resulting in injuries involving large trucks or buses increased by 62 percent from 60,000 in 2009 to 97,000 in 2015.
  • From 2005 to 2015, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, for all buses involved in crashes that were fatal.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of buses involved in crashes that caused fatalities increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent.

Tour Bus Crash Kills Driver and Injures 8 Passengers

A tour bus crashed on Interstate 10 near Quartzsite, Arizona, which caused the death of the driver and inflicted injuries upon 8 passengers.

About the Fatal Bus Crash

The Arizona Republic states that the bus crash occurred around 4 a.m. on Monday on Interstate 10 just east of the border of California.

The bus was affiliated with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, an Illinois-based musical group, and had been carrying 13 passengers at the time of the accident. The passengers consisted of support staff for the group, and after the accident took place, the musical group decided to pull out of an event they were planned to play in Mesa.

Authorities are saying that the crash took place due to the fact that one of the front tires on the bus blew out, which then led to it veering towards and hitting the median in the road, causing it to flip on its side.

The driver that died, Donna M. Howard, 55, had been partially ejected from the vehicle and had not been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. All 8 of the injured passengers were transported to hospitals for their injuries, and at this time they have all been released.

Bus Crash Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • There were 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, which was an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
  • From 2005 to 2015, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, for all buses involved in crashes that were fatal.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of buses involved in crashes that caused fatalities increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent.

Church Bus Driver Charged in Fatal Crash

The driver of a church bus that crashed in Georgia last week is now facing criminal charges for his role in the accident.

Details of the Crash and Resulting Charges

FOX 5 Atlanta reports that Jerry Sims is still in the hospital but will facing charges of second degree homicide by vehicle and failure to maintain lane following his recovery.

Sims was behind the wheel of a church bus carrying roughly 40 church members of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama last Thursday when he attempted to change lanes and struck another vehicle. The bus then lost control and overturned on Camp Creek Parkway near Atlanta.

Sarah Harmening, 17, was killed in the crash and at least 39 others were injured.

The church members were bound for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport where they were to depart on a missionary retreat in Africa.

National Bus Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):

  • 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents in 2014.
  • Transit buses accounted for 33 percent of all bus accident recorded between 2004 and 2014. Inner city buses accounted for 13 percent of bus accidents.
  • From 2009 to 2014, the number of injury related crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent.

 

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