Several small school bus manufacturers were named in a recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Board to make lap-shoulder seat belts standard equipment, in response to a fatal, head-on collision last year in Texas between an impaired driver and a church bus.
One middle school student from Mesquite Independent School District near Dallas, Texas, died, and four others were sent to the hospital, following a school bus roll-over and fire.
There were more fatal crashes reported last year that involved all types of buses and motorcoaches, NHTSA officials announced today when it released preliminary figures from its annual Fatality Analysis Reporting System, though school-bus-specific data was not yet available.
A fatal crash in Baton Rouge, Louisiana once again demonstrates the danger to motorists who fail to stop in time and underride the rear of school buses.
Marion Center Area School District and Smith Bus Company in rural, western Pennsylvania northeast of Pittsburgh, are mourning the death of school bus driver Sarah Slovinsky. She was 34.