Tragic School Bus Crash Kills One in Talladega County, Alabama
TALLADEGA COUNTY, AL- Ajc.com writes that a school bus was involved in a severe crash this week in Talladega County, Alabama. The incident occurred in the early morning on Highway 21, close to Oak Grove Road.*
The victim in the crash was the driver in the vehicle that struck the bus. Twenty of the students on the school bus suffered injuries and were transported to the hospital. The county coroner stated that the victim was a 41-year-old woman from Talladega. All of the injured students and the injured bus driver have been released from the hospital.
Police are still investigating the incident.
School bus crashes pose the greatest risk to drivers in other cars. School buses are required to meet safety standards that are far more stringent than those required by other types of vehicles and other buses. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 134 people die in school vehicle-related crashes every year. Of that total, only eight percent are people who were on the bus at the time of the incident. About one out of every five victims are pedestrians or cyclists. The largest percent of victims were people traveling in other vehicles that were involved in crashes with school buses.
As for students, the vast majority of those killed in incidents involving school buses were not on the bus at the time of the accident. Only about six people traveling as passengers on school buses die every year. The numbers indicate that such incidents are exceedingly rare. According to the NHTSA, these buses are the safest way for students to get to and from school.
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Sources:https://www.ajc.com/news/one-dead-alabama-school-bus-crash-several-students-injured/R41EKeVGL2PMmKEUfiomYL/ and https://www.wsfa.com/2020/03/02/talladega-co-school-bus-involved-accident/ and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/09/15/school-bus-safety-statistics/72318198/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/school-bus-safety