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School Bus Hits Man Walking Along Texas Highway

Farren Washington2 years ago

A Rogers Independent School District bus struck a man who was walking down a state highway early Friday morning. The victim was not seriously injured.

Description of the School Bus Accident

According to KWTX News, the 22-year-old man had parked his car at a nearby location at around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

He then began walking along State Highway 53 near the intersection with Farm-to-Market Road 2084 when the accident happened. The pedestrian's name has not been released as of yet.

The man, who was wearing dark clothing at the time, was knocked into a roadside ditch. The injuries were minor, and non-life-threatening. He returned to his car, and assured troopers that he was well enough to drive himself to an area hospital to be checked out.

The bus driver told investigators he didn't see the man. No students were aboard during the accident.

Texas and National School Bus Accident Statistics

The follwing information was provided by School Bus Fleet:

  • There were 1,236 fatal school transportation-related collisions from 2001 to 2010, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) reports that the 2010 – 2011 school year saw 2,126 school bus accidents involving buses owned by the school districts themselves. There were an additional two accidents involving chartered buses and two-hundred-and-seventy accidents involving contractor-owned buses. Not all Texas school districts reported their school bus accident data to the TEA.
  • 23,137 students and seven-hundred-and-fifty-nine adults were involved in the reported accidents. There were eight-hundred-and-sixteen uncategorized injuries, sixteen serious injuries, and four-hundred-and-sixty-five minor injuries. Two student pedestrians received fatal injuries from school-related bus crashes.
  • During that time period, the 1,236 fatal school transportation-related crashes accounted for 0.34% of the total 363,839 fatal motor vehicle traffic accidents.

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