School Bus Accident Reveals Bus Not Registered
About the School Bus Accident
According to the Houston Chronicle, the school bus was taking 22 students to Revere Middle School in Houston when it hit a tree around 8 a.m., only 2 miles from campus. 18 students were taken to the hospital for minor injuries and checkups.
The bus driver (not identified) also was taken to a nearby hospital. The driver said that a mechanical failure caused the bus to strike the tree in the 9500 block of Briar Forest. No charges have been filed.
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is now investigating the bus company, known as Nancy’s Bus Service. The company’s registration was revoked in 2009 because it was not insured.
The company was last insured in 2012. In addition, an identification number on the bus is linked to a different bus company. The owner of the company could not be reached for comment.
It is unclear why the students were using a private bus company to get to school, but it is not uncommon.
School Bus Accident Information and Statistics
- According to the Houston Chronicle, motor carriers operating intrastate commercial motor vehicles, including school buses, in Texas must register with the DMV.
- The agency can impose administrative penalties such as fines as well as suspend, revoke, or deny registration for those who do not comply with the transportation codes.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that from 2003 to 2012, 174 school-age children died in school-transportation- related crashes.
- Since 2003 there have been 348,253 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,222 were school-transportation-related.