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Maryland Elementary Student Hit By School Bus

Tina Robinson3 years ago

An elementary school student was treated for injuries in Beltsville, MD on Monday morning after being struck by a bus, according to the Washington Post.

Details of the Beltsville Bus Accident

Police say that bus driver Arturo Roberto Harris, 61, has been charged with reckless endangerment, leaving a child unattended and other traffic charges after his bus rolled across a street and struck a child waiting at a bus stop.

Investigations into the crash are still ongoing. According to initial reports, about 10 children were on the bus when the accident occurred. Around 7:15 a.m., Harris left the bus unattended for “reasons that are unknown” near the entrance of the High Point High School parking lot. The bus then drifted across the street where it struck a child.

A citizen who witnessed the accident pulled the child out from underneath bus. Police said the child was not trapped. The student, aged 7 or 8, was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Another four students who were on the bus were also taken to the hospital for observation after one complained of injuries. All students were released from the hospital by Monday afternoon.

School Transportation Accident Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines school transportation-related crashes as “a crash which involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle, or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.”

NHTSA says that on average, there 139 fatalities as a result of school transportation-related crashes. Of the 130 school-age pedestrians killed in school transportation-related crashes since 2000, 67% were struck by school buses. An additional 6% were struck by vehicles functioning as school buses. Almost half (43%) of those killed were between the ages 5 and 7. 

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