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School Bus Accident Injures 39 In Washington State

39 children were injured in a school bus accident this morning. The accident happened on Highway 281 just south of Quincy, Washington. The area is an agricultural region, about 120 miles east of Seattle. According to the police report, the bus driver lost control and went off the road. He then over corrected, causing the bus to overturn on it’s passenger side. All 39 students on board suffered injuries, although most were minor scrapes, bloody noses, and bruises.

Three children were in serious condition, though none of the injuries are life-threatening. One of the seriously injured was airlifted to nearby Moses Lake, and the other two were taken to a hospital in Ephrata. The rest of the students were taken to local Quincy Valley Medical Center, where they were treated and reconnected with family members. The bus driver was not injured.

This is the second school bus accident today, with another occurring in Indianapolis, Indiana. That accident, which occurred at about 7:40 a.m., resulted in two fatalities–the driver and one student. The bus was heading for Lighthouse Charter School in Indianapolis when the driver lost control and crashed into a train bridge. 12 other passengers were injured, two of them critically. Current reports do not say how the driver lost control, however the accident is still being investigated. The collision with the bridge caused the supporting pillars to crumple the front end of the bus. Classes were cancelled for the day following the accident.

With these accidents, do you think that buses should be required to install seat belts, for the safety of the children on board?

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2 Responses to “School Bus Accident Injures 39 In Washington State”

  1. Larry F. Haydon

    PUTING SEAT BELTS ON A SCHOOL BUS HAS BEEN ARGUED FOR SEVERAL YEARS. MY QUESTION IS; WHEN YOU HAVE A BUS LOADED WITH CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND IT IS INVOLED IN A WRECK, WHO IS GOING TO GET ALL THESE KIDS BELTS UNDONE AND OUT OF THE BUS? ON A LOT OF THE WRECKS THE DRIVER IS THE FIRST PERSON TO BE INJURED. THERE IS NO OTHER PERSON TO GET THE BELTS UNDONE. THE BUSSES NOW DAYS ARE BUILT SO MUCH BETTER THA THE OLD ONES. EVERY YEAR THERE IS MORE REQUIRMENT ON THEM. THE SEATS AND BACKS ARE MORE PADDED THAN ANY WERE BEFORE, EACH SEATING AREA IS LIKE A SMALL PADDEED COMPARTMENT. JUST CHECK WITH THE FACTS; THERE ARE MILLIONS OF CHILDREN TRANSPORTED EVERY DAY WITH OUT ANY INJURYS, LOOK AT ALL THE BUSSES BEING OPERATED IN EVERY STATE. IT IS NOT TO OFTEN THAT YOU HEAR OF A WRECK. JUST LOOK AT HOW MANY CAR WRECKS EACH DAY. MOST THE STATES NOW HAVE MORE REQUIRMENTS FOR BUS EQUIPMENT TO BE BUILT FOR SAFTEY OF THE STUDENTS. ALL THE STATES HAVE MANY FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DRIVERS HAVE TO MEET. IN CASE OF A FIRE AND THE BUS DRIVER IS THE FIRST PERSON INJURED OR KILLED. THERE WOULD BE NO ONE TO UNHOOK ALL THESE BELTS. SOME BUSSES HAVE OVER 60 OR 70 PASSANGERS, ALSO THERE IS NO WAY TO ENSURE ALL THE KIDS HAVE THERE BELTS HOOKED UP.REMBER, HOW MANY TIMES YOU HAVE TO REMIND YOUR LITTLE ONE TO HOOK THERE BELT. ENOUGH CHILDREN ARE ALREADY KILLED, DO NOT ADD MORE NAMES TO THE LIST.