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School Bus Crash Leads to District Policy Change

Lilly Mashayak3 months ago

According to WMTW, Maine’s RSU 57 district is changing policies after police were not immediately alerted to a crash involving two middle school buses with students on board.

Details of the Maine School Bus Accident

The crash happened on Route 22 when one of the buses rear-ended the other near the Gorham-Scarborough line.

The crash involving two Massabesic Middle School buses was reported after the buses returned to the school. Superintendent John Davis said the bus drivers didn’t initially report the crash because, under Maine law, a police report is only necessary if there’s a personal injury or if damages exceed $1,000.

Matt Bors, chief of Waterboro Fire/EMS, said investigators were able to determine that the crash didn’t occur at the middle school.

Davis said there were students and adults who later decided they may have been hurt, even though when they were asked at the time of the incident, no injuries were reported. EMS evaluated 18 students for injuries at the school. One student was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, treated and then released.

While Davis said the bus drivers made the right decision, the district will change its policy going forward. In the future, bus drivers will be required to report any incident that occurs on the road immediately to a district transport director. Bus drivers will be asked to provide details about the incident to the director, who will make a joint decision with the drivers as to whether they want to report it further, Davis said. 

National Auto Accident Statistics

The following informaiton was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 32,719 people were killed in auto accidents in the United States in 2012 – a slight decrease from the 33,782 deaths reported in 2012.
  • Of those killed in 2012:
  • 2,313,000 additional people were injured in auto accidents in 2013

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