One Killed in Crash Between School Bus and Car in Shelbyville, Alabama
SHELBYVILLE, AL- Wbrc.com writes that a person died in a collision in Shelby County involving a school bus. The incident occurred on County Road at Highway 280. The victim was in the smaller vehicle. Reports indicate that no students were on the bus at the time of the collision. The driver and an aid who were on board at the time of the crash did not sustain injuries in the wreck.*
The school district released a statement confirming that the accident involved one of their vehicles. It appears that the bus was on its way to pick students up from school when the collision took place. According to the county coroner, the victim was a 51-year-old man from Westover. Images from the scene show a yellow school bus being towed from the shoulder of the roadway. Behind the bus, a sedan is off the road on the grassy shoulder.
School buses are designed to be some of the safest vehicles on the road. In addition to many features designed to protect occupants in a collision, school buses are painted bright yellow in an attempt to alert other drivers of the presence of the vehicles to avoid crashes. The color was selected in 1939 at a conference aimed at making school buses meet national and uniform standards. School bus yellow is meant to make drivers pay attention.
The efforts to make these buses safe have been largely effective. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that school buses are the safest vehicles on the road and says that statistically, children riding the bus are 70 times more likely to arrive at their destination safely than those driven in passenger vehicles. The fatalities in crashes with school buses are typically people in other vehicles.
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Sources:https://www.wbrc.com/2020/01/21/dead-after-wreck-involving-shelby-co-school-bus/ and http://abc3340.com/news/local/shelby-county-school-bus-involved-in-fatal-crash-no-children-on-board-at-time-of-crash and https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-how-school-buses-became-yellow-180973041/