15 Tampa Students Hospitalized After Bus Crash

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 the crash.

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 Administration (NHTSA).
  • 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.



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