Four Students, Bus Driver Injured in Maryland School Bus Crash
ASPEN HILL, MD. – November 5, 2018 - According to an online news report from ccenterdispatch.com, four students and a bus driver were injured November 5 in a school bus crash in Maryland.*
The bus reportedly collided with a trash truck on the morning of November 5. The bus was full of middle school students — though reports have not indicated what school the students attended — and four students were injured in the crash. They were transported to a nearby hospital. The bus driver was also injured and taken to a hospital. No names have been released, and current medical conditions are not known. Montgomery County police have reported, however, that no injuries were life-threatening.
It is not yet clear how the accident occurred. The Montgomery County Police Department is investigating and has not released additional information at this time.
After a string of fatal bus accidents around the nation, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all school buses in the country have seat belts. Under current federal law, school buses weighing less than 10,000 pounds are required to have seat belts. Larger school buses are not required to have them by federal law, but some states have passed legislation requiring seat belts on all buses. Seven states in the U.S. to date have passed such legislation: Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.
Large buses tend move at slower speeds, follow predictable routes, and are extremely visible, which industry experts say make them far safer than average vehicles. They also make use of “compartmentalization” to keep children safe, which refers to close seating with energy-absorbing seat backs. Compartmentalization keeps children plenty safe, people say, while seat belt mandates cause unnecessary and astronomical costs.
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