On Monday December 16th, a school bus accident in Bradenton resulted in
a trip to the hospital for 15 students.
According to information provided by the Florida Highway Patrol, one school
bus was following another in Monday afternoon traffic. The lead school
bus stopped and the bus behind it failed to stop in time to avoid colliding
with it from behind.
The lead bus that was hit had 48 students on board, while the other was
carrying 26 students. Eight students from the bus that was hit and seven
from the trailing bus were all taken to nearby area hospitals and treated
for minor injuries, according to troopers. The approximate ages of the
students were not provided by police.
The accident is currently under investigation. Police did not specify whether
any type of mechanical failure or driver distraction was to blame for
School Bus Accident Statistics
- From 2001 to 2010, there were 1,236 fatal school transportation-related
crashes, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety
- From 2001 to 2010, 1,368 people died in school transportation-related crashes,
which is an average of 137 fatalities per year. The majority (72%) of
those people were occupants of other vehicles involved
- An average of 18 students die in school transportation-related crashes
each year. Typically, six of those are occupants of school transportation
vehicles while the other 12 are pedestrians killed by school transportation vehicles.
School Bus Fleet / NHTSA