Driver Dead, 9 Students Hurt In N.M. School Bus Crash


Posted on 8th April 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The driver was killed and at least nine children were hurt Monday morning when a school bus in New Mexico rolled over and crashed, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities investigating the crash in Vallecitos in northern New Mexico where trying to determine what caused the accident, and whether the bus driver was killed by the crash or another reason, such as him suffering a heart attack, AP reported. The man was 69.

The Mesa Vista School District bus was driving on State Road 111 in Carson National Forest when it went off the road, fell off a cliff and crashed into an embankment, according to AP.

Six injured students were transported to a hospital, while three others were treated at the scene.

The passengers on the bus included elementary, middle and high school students, AP said.

Illinois Has Two Separate School Bus Accidents


Posted on 6th April 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized


There were two separate school bus crashes in Illinois, with one of them resulting in a fatality.

In Wadsworth in northern Illinois, one person was killed and several dozen children were sent to hospitals Friday following a crash involving a school bus and two other vehicles, according to The Boston Globe.

There were 35 people on the bus during the morning crash, where it is suspected that the bus driver ran a red light. The school bus hit a Jeep Wrangler, and then struck a Jeep Cherokee, and then turned over on its side, according to The Globe.

The hood of the Wrangler was flattened over the vehicle’s front seats. Authorities said there was a male fatality at the scene, but declined to make any additional comments.

One of the elementary school children who was a passenger on the bus suffered a skull fracture, The Globe reported. Others had broken bones.

In all, 24 children were taken to local hospitals and 13 were released by the middle of the day, according to The Globe.

In the other accident, a Chicago Fire Department ambulance out on a call collided with a school bus in the Hanson Park neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune. Two paramedics were injured.,0,3368956.story

The accident took place at the intersection of Grand and Central avenues as the ambulance responded to a call. The only person on the bus was the driver, who was uninjured.

The paramedics from the ambulance were sent to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Resurrection Hospital, andhad non-life threatening injuries, the Tribune reported.


N.J. School Bus Crash Hospitalizes Students, Driver


Posted on 18th February 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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New Jersey is overrun by deer, and the lovely creatures can pose dangers.

On Monday seven students and a bus driver were hospitalized following a crash at 3 p.m. in rural Hamilton, N.J., involving a deer, according to The Times of Trenton.

A school bus carrying 14 students from St. Gregory the Great Academy went into a ditch when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a deer, the newspaper reported.

The driver and seven students, from the 4th grade to the 8th grade, were taken to Robert Wood University Hospital Hamilton. Monday night, they were in good condition at the hospital, according to The Times.

The children had school on President’s Day, a holiday, to make up for days they were out because of superstorm Sandy last fall, the newspaper reported.


Illinois School Bus Accident Injures 20 Students, 2 Adults


Posted on 22nd December 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A school bus on a field trip crashed last Wednesday on the Tri-State Tollway in Illinois, injuring 22 people, most of them kids, according to the Daily Herald.

The accident involving a bus from Palombi Middle School in Lake Villa took place on I-94 near Deerfield Road at about 9:30 a.m., and two adults and 20 students were taken to five local hospitals, the newspaper reported.

The bus was struck when two trucks behind it hit each other, and then one of them hit the bus. The bus was one of nine buses transporting students to Allstate Arena in Rosemont for a Chicago Wolves games, according to the Daily Herald.

New Jersey School Bus, Dump Truck Crash Kills Girl


Posted on 18th February 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Federal safety officials will be getting a bird’s-eye view of the impact of a New Jersey law that requires school buses to have seat belts for passengers. They will trying to determine the effect of the restraints during an accident last week that killed an 11-year-old triplet girl.

Last Thursday a school bus and a dump truck in Burlington County, N.J., collided, an accident that not only left the girl dead but also seriously hurt her two triplet sisters, as well as an 11-year-old boy, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the accident, which took place at a four-way intersection in Chesterfield, N.J., at the crossing of Route 528 and Old York Road.

The Ledger reported that the NTSB wants to study what impact seat belts had in the aftermath of the crash. New Jersey is one of only six states that require seat belts for passengers in school buses. 

Some of the students on the bus in New Jersey were wearing seat belts, but the NTSB is trying to determine which passengers were wearing them and what effect that had on their safety, according to The Ledger.

At abour 8 a.m. Thursday the dump truck was traveling on Route 528 when it apparently went through an amber light and hit the bus in the driver’s side, The Ledger reported.  The school bus then hit a pole, which then partially went into the bus.

Isabelle Tezsla, one of the triplet daughters of New Jersey State Trooper Sgt. Anthony Tezsla, was killed in the crash. Her sister Natalie was no longer in critical condition, but had improved and is now in stable condition. But the third triplet, Sophie, was still in critical condition, as was 11-year-old Jonathan Zdybel, according to The Ledger.

Authorities haven’t filed any charges in the accident.


School Bus Driver Charged With Homicide By Vehicle


Posted on 16th March 2010 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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In a case we reported on before, a school bus driver in Maryland Monday was charged with homicide by vehicle for causing a crash that killed a man and hurt five students. It marks the second time the driver has been charged in a fatal crash.,0,5592567.story

During a press conference Monday, authorities in Montgomery County, Md., said they had viewed from the bus that showed that Frederick Poust, 38, of Schwenksville was negligent in his driving, driving recklessly and causing the fatal accident. The video also showed that Poust had run through several stop signs.

Poust was behind the wheel of a Perkiomen Valley School District bus Feb. 18 when he tried to make a turn onto Perkiomen Valley Middle School West and hit a vehicle driving in the opposite direction.

A passenger in that car, Richard Taylor, 27, of Gilbertsville was killed, while the driver, 41-year-old Freddie Carroll of Perkiomnville sustained serious injuries. Five of the 45 children on the bus had minor injuries.

This isn’t Poust’s first involvement in a fatal car crash. In 1999 was calling his girlfriend on his cellphone when he ran a stop sign and hit a car, killing the toddler Morgan Lee Pena. Her parents become vocal proponents of bans on drivers using cellphones, and they even appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to argue their case.