According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the school bus is the safest form of transportation for getting children to and from school. Less than one percent of all traffic fatalities nationwide involve children who were on school buses at the time of the accident. Students who arrive to school by bus are 70 times more likely to arrive safely than if they are transported by car. Laws have also made it illegal to pass a school bus which has stopped to let children get on and off of the bus. School buses must meet strict safety regulations that are overseen both by state and national agencies.
Miami News 7 reports that a bus driver and an aide had to be rescued from a mangled school bus in Miami.
Miami Fire Rescue had to undergo painstaking processes to free an aide on a school bus that had been in a collision with a dump truck. The crash occurred last Thursday morning and there were no children on the bus at the time of the crash.
The crash happened on 12th Avenue near Northwest 67th Street just before 6:30 a.m. The bus had just begun its scheduled route.
A dump truck that was backing out of the school slammed into the bus, mangling the front end of the vehicle. The crash caused one of the aide’s legs to be pinned. First responders had a small space to work within, which proved challenging. They also had to cut away the roof of the vehicle.
The bus driver was able to walk away from the crash but was still taken to the hospital to be checked out. The aide, who was a male, was listed in stable condition at Ryder Trauma Center.
The dump truck was able to back away from the accident safely and drive away.
Neither driver was issued a citation in the crash. The crash is still being investigated.