School Bus Rolls Over Carrying High School Football Team to Game
TX- Abc13.com writes that a school bus crashed earlier this week while carrying a team of freshman football players to their game. The bus reportedly overturned on Bethel Road near FM 149 in the afternoon. The crash sent 23 people to the hospital; all were facing injuries that are not considered life-threatening.*
Two buses were on their way to a game when the driver of one lost control of the vehicle. Football equipment was scene littering the roadway after the accident.
The bus driver and seven of the students were taken to two area hospitals in ambulances, and another thirteen students and two adults were brought to the hospital on a bus with EMS personnel to be examined as a "precautionary" measure.
While the school district reported that there were no serious injuries, parents and families disputed the statement. One mother stated that her son broke his leg in the crash, and one student’s grandmother reported that she observed other students who sustained injuries in the crash.
School buses are designed with safety in mind. These vehicles are required to have more protection for collisions and rollovers than other buses. Statistically, students who ride school buses have a much better chance of safely arriving at their destination than students traveling in private vehicles. Still, from time to time, a serious school bus crash occurs and often receives a great deal of attention from media outlets. While the buses boast many safety features, there are still ongoing debates around the country over whether school buses should be required to have seatbelts. In many parts of the country, seatbelts are still not standard on school buses.
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