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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.

 

Atlanta Church Bus Crash Leaves Huntsville Teen Dead

A Huntsville teenager was fatally injured Thursday when a church bus she was on was involved in an accident near Atlanta, Georgia.

Details of the Fatal Crash

FOX 8 reports that 17-year-old Sarah Harmening of Huntsville, Alabama was killed Thursday when a bus bound for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport crashed on Camp Creek Parkway in Fulton County.

The bus was carrying roughly 40 passengers from Huntsville’s Mount Zion Baptist Church when the crash occurred. The church members were scheduled to fly to Botswana as part of a 10-day missionary trip.

Police say the crash began when the bus made an unsafe lane change and collided with a Chrysler. The bus driver overcorrected following the initial collision causing the bus to lose control and overturn. The bus then slid into a Mercedes that was traveling in the opposite direction.

Harmening was pronounced dead at the scene. The 37 remaining passengers all sustained injuries in the crash and were transported to area hospitals.

The crash remains under investigation.

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 account 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.

VIA Bus Involved in San Antonio Crash

A VIA bus was involved in a three-vehicle crash on San Antonio’s Northeast Side Wednesday morning.

Details of the San Antonio Bus Crash

According to FOX 29, the crash occurred around 8 am near the intersection of Nacogdoches and Naco Perrin roads.

It is unclear how the crash occurred, but at least one vehicle struck the bus.

The driver of a Dodge sedan was transported to the hospital following the crash.

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 account 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.

 

Three Injured When Party Bus Crashes into Car

Three people were injured in San Diego when a party bus crashed into a passenger car Monday night.

About the San Diego Party Bus Crash

According to FOX 5, the crash occurred on Interstate 5, just south of Interstate 805, at around 10:30 pm. After colliding with the car, the party bus overturned onto its side and struck the center divider.

Two people in the car and the bus driver were transported to the hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available.

Authorities closed southbound lanes of Interstate 5 as crews cleared the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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 account 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.

32 Injured in New Jersey Bus Crash

32 people were injured Friday morning after a tour bus crashed with a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Details of the New Jersey Bus Crash

According to reports, the crash occurred around 12:30 am near the 19 mile marker in West Deptford Township. The collision caused the Panda bus to overturn and the tractor-trailer to jackknife.

32 of the bus’s passengers were transported to emergency rooms for medical evaluations. The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured in the crash.

The bus is registered to Eagle Bus in Waltham, Massachusetts. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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 account 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.