Bus Crash in Garden City, Georgia, Has Parents Concerned
GARDEN CITY, GA. – According to an online news report from wsav.com, a bus crash in Garden City, Georgia, has parents concerned about the safety of school buses in the state.*
An SUV collided with a school bus carrying 56 students from Gould Elementary School. The crash occurred at the intersection of Salt Creek Road and Pineland Drive in Garden City. Police are not yet sure who caused the crash.
After impact, the SUV ran off the road and overturned in a ditch. Five people were inside the vehicle, including an infant. Aside from scrapes and bruises, no one in the SUV or in the bus was reportedly injured. No one involved has been identified.
The 56 elementary school students were transferred onto another school bus to be transported home. The bus and the SUV both had to be towed from the scene.
The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that all school buses in the country have seat belts, but only seven states have passed legislation to this effect. 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.
The crash in Garden City has local parents questioning whether the school system needs to install seat belts. Some parents are also wondering whether they should let their children ride the bus at all.
“Basically, our children’s lives are in the hands of a few people at that particular time of the day, and every precaution that can be met and maybe discussed how to improve is the best way to go about it,” said Angela Kaiser, parent of a Gould Elementary School student.
A representative for the school system says it has no plans to place seat belts in its buses.
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