Safety & Security

CHP Concludes Investigation Into Fatal Motorcoach Crash

Ater yearlong investigation, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced Friday that it is still unclear why a Fedex truck slammed into a motorcoach bus carrying high school students in Northern California last year. The collision killed 10 people, including five students.

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Roundup: A Stowaway Goat, a Biker Gang Bus Driver Fired and More

Shocking video captured an elementary school girl in Louisville, Kentucky, being dragged by her school bus. Images showed the girl getting dropped off and having her backpack getting stuck in the door. Police reported the girl, between the ages of five or six years old, was dragged for 100 feet, but estimates put the distance closer to 1000 feet. The victim was taken to the hospital for road rash injuries to her legs and is expected to make a full recovery. 

A school bus in Maryland found itself transporting more than just children as a goat tried to make itself a passenger. The wayward farm animal crossed the street and waited at a bus stop, jumping aboard the bus with embarking children. While it managed to get on the bus, the goat was not given a ride—it was quickly evicted from the vehicle. 

A school bus driver and former police officer was fired from his position at a San Antonio school district after being arrested for his part in the recent biker gang riot in Waco, Texas. Martin Lewis was among the 170 people arrested during the massive motorcycle gang brawl and shootout that resulted in nine bikers killed. The 62-year-old Lewis, an ex-vice detective, has been booked on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity.

The suspect in a school bus shooting last week was arrested during a traffic stop in Liberty County, Georgia. Sixteen-year-old Edgar Robles was treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound at an area hospital and charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of firing deadly missiles for the shooting that injured two teenage girls.

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Watch for Additional Safety Threats at School Bus Stops

When the weather turns beautiful outside, we as school bus drivers see an increase of caretakers at the bus stops with the rider’s younger siblings in tow. This is a good time for the caretakers to greet the kids as they embark or disembark the school bus.

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National Tire Safety Week Kicks off Sunday

Tires are the all-important connection between vehicle and road. National Tire Safety Week kicks off this month as a reminder that tire upkeep is vital component in driver, fleet and highway safety, as well as crucial in the continued success of a company.

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Failure to Stop

Some crimes are considered inexcusable. For the student transportation industry, the prevalence of motorists illegally passing stopped school buses that are loading or unloading students fits this bill.

Proposed Mandate for Crossing Control Arms Fall by Narrow Margin

DES MOINES – Delegates to the 16th National Congress of School Transportation efficiently moved through a number of updates to the National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures Manual today during their first full day of work, narrowing rejecting a mandate for crossing control arms.

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